MICHAEL VERDI » Lucky

Michael Verdi, Ryanne and others started videoblogging about a year ago, and the looking-back type videos are starting to come out.

Videoblogging has really been an amazing adventure so far. Here’s to another year of this. Let’s hope thousands, if not millions of people discover this as a hobby, as a way to connect, as a new art form. (Not as a business model, that’s not what we’re talking about here.) The videoblogging community has a real voice, and real values, and I hope those don’t get dilluted too much in the coming year. I’ve always felt podcasters are more commercial. Maybe it’s because they have Adam Curry and we have Jay Dedman. Leaders really set the values for a movement. Maybe it’s because of that name – podcsting – that implies a particular, commercial player, who seems to have co-opted the movement. (Lightnet might provide some hope there.) Who knows.

In any case, here’s to another year of videoblogging. May we not sell out, may we believe in the power of individual voices speaking truth and connecting. May we shave a few minutes of the average 4 hours the American watches television every day.

0 thoughts on “MICHAEL VERDI » Lucky

  1. In my eyes (tainted as the may be) podcasting did not start as commercial in nature, but then, I’m an idealist. I suppose some people had commercial aspirations right from the start, but I saw the larger potential to democratize and widely disseminate media, and figured if others could help me do it, then that was ok.

    As for “podcasting” as a word, it really just struck at the right time, and I personally never tied it directly to the iPod. I mean, do people get that it’s like the word “broadcasting” (in sound, and meaning) but different? I was calling it “Automated Delivery of Content Using Syndication Technology” but that never really caught on…

    As for videoblogging, as much as I love it, I do fear the day when it turns commercial, and sees an influx of all sorts of bad juju as podcasting has…

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