It goes without saying–does it?–that the internet and its various cyber-spawn have changed the way that we communicate. From blogs (natch) and vlogs to YouTube and Flikr (and the rest), and Facebook (and the rest), we’ve become and/or are becoming (depending where you fall on the age or technophile/technophobe spectrum) more and more reliant on “virtual” communiqu?s to express our point of view, to make a point, to (too often) point a finger, or simply to make ourselves heard.
Clive Thomspon of CollisionDetection.net has a great piece on Wired on the changes that have taken place since YouTube, specifically, and homemade/DIY video landed on the internet and everyone’s radar. However, instead of condemning these changes, Thompson makes a thoughtful case for the creativity inherent in these new modes of communication, and the cyber-communities that result.
Titled “Clive Thompson on How YouTube Changes the Way We Think”, this article postulates on the meaning and value of these changes, citing several popular-yet-fringe (ah the internet!) examples like MadV and long portraits.
“This is what’s so fascinating about online video culture. DIY tools for shooting, editing, and broadcasting video aren’t just changing who uses the medium. They’re changing how we use it. We’re developing a new language of video—forms that let us say different things and maybe even think in different ways.”
I highly recommend checking out this article. As for my readers out there, has video on the internet changed how you communicate? How much? Do you videoconference with clients and coworkers? Do you use gmail’s new video chat feature? Are you a YouTube junkie?