My YouTube work has consistently focused on the idea of bad video. As a professor, I teach many courses, including Introduction to Video Art
—where I instruct students on good craft, composition, technique, storytelling, etc. I've had to come to peace with the kinds of unruly YouTube videos (hardly edited, unlit, badly mic-ed, unscripted) that my LFYT students and I engage in: ones that consistently fall outside those standards. It remains an open question for me whether I think amateur-made video should "get better" (more like art video or industrial practice) or if YouTube vernaculars should reshape our ideas of quality.
Users have been drawn to YouTube and other Web 2.0 platforms in the name of community
. Whether technology enhances or limits community is much debated
"'Yes We Did' provides a slide show of strategic insights from the campaign that redefined modern politics."[cit]
According to the New York Times
: "Like a lot of Web innovators, the Obama campaign did not invent anything completely new. Instead, by bolting together social networking applications under the banner of a movement, they created an unforeseen force to raise money, organize locally, fight smear campaigns and get out the vote that helped them topple the Clinton machine and then John McCain and the Republicans."[cit]
Content/form: "Within rhetorical pedagogy it was the practice of imitation that most required students to analyze form and content. They were asked to observe a model closely and then to copy the form but supply new content; or to copy the content but supply a new form. Such imitations occurred on every level of speech and language, and forced students to assess what exactly a given form did to bring about a given meaning or effect ... The divide between form and content is always an artificial and conditional one, since ultimately attempting to make this division reveals the fundamentally indivisible nature of verbal expression and ideas."[cit]
One of my ten founding terms
for this project is process
. How we make and receive media is as important as the object itself.