Video Killed the Web Log Star
Posted by PintofStout on November 19, 2007
I remember a time when excessive images on a website could mean loading the page while you wait or coming back after a snack to check the progress. My, how the times are a-changin’! I spent an enjoyable hour or so watching some interesting videos online recently, and there wasn’t any trouble streaming them instantaneously.
The first bunch of videos I found were from Slate.com’s video section, Slate V. I found a series of 2 to 3-minute interviews by NPR’s Alex Chadwick that goes under the title “Interviews: 50 Cents.” (Apparently they couldn’t find the now defunct cent symbol, either. Inflation affects everything, right down to your keyboard.) The concept is that he sets up a card table and two microphones in a public place with the sign saying “Interviews: 50 Cents” and waits for someone to sit down. I thought the idea was fun, so I checked out some videos, and they were as fun as I thought. A link to the latest one is here, and there are five or six total so far.
The next couple videos come from Reason’s new video site, Reason.tv. Drew Carey is taking on some prominent and contemporary issues in pieces that range from around 5 to 10 minutes. In the first of the series, Drew talks about gridlock and private roads. There are three episodes thus far, all of them with spectacular production. So, if you’re expecting grainy, amateurish video akin to much of the content on YouTube, prepare to be pleasantly surprised.