This is condensed from a 2008 blog where I interact online with new media scholar and pundit Howard Rheingold
, criticizing his euphoric read of vernacular video. If you play both videos at once, Deliverance
provides a catchy back-beat for my critical reading.
Vernacular video, according to Tom Sherman, "will continue to be shorter and shorter," will use "canned music," "sampling," and "real-time, on-the-fly voiceovers." He concludes: "Crude is cool, as opposed to slick."[cit]
was "adapted from James Dickey's popular novel. John Boorman's 1972 movie recounts the grueling psychological and physical journey taken by four city slickers down a river in the backwoods of Georgia ... After warnings from the grimy, impoverished locals, and Drew's tuneful yet ominous
Dueling Banjos encounter with a mute inbred boy, the four men embark on their trip ... As the river gets rougher and rougher, the men come to nightmarish grips with what it means to survive outside the safety net of 'civilization.'"[cit]
is often bifurcated by a euphoria/pessimism divide focusing on questions like whether the Internet opens
or closes conversation and community, is democratic or corporate-controlled
particularly around issues of copyright
and intellectual property, and produces new forums for expression or calcifies prevailing borders
as well as establishing possibilities for surveillance.