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Online videos, news aggregators and new technologies

My last post was about YouTube and the phenomemon of online videos.  Digital video is not new.  What’s new is that YouTube is allowing technology to be used in a new mode of expression.  When this happens you see the traditional stuff first, things like clips of The Daily Show and even the lawyer advertisement that I linked to

But, over time as people experiment with this new expression of technology you start to see some weirder stuff.  What kind of stuff?  Well, for example, Pug Bowling.  Or, BakuTen – House of Dominos. Ah, this online video stuff is quite interesting.  Well, to some anyways.

I was talking with a friend of mine recently who is quite tech-savvy.  However, she was unfazed by (1) the supposed ‘online video phenomenon,’ and (2) RSS and news aggregators.  But she has a Treo and, like many Treo users, she’d like to learn more about it.  So it was ironic that after talking to her I was perusing the RSS feeds in my news aggregator and came across this post by Robert Scoble who mentioned a site that has video clips on how to use your Treo.  My friend claims she doesn’t read blogs either so she probably won’t know this unless I email or call to tell her (who’s got time for that?)

One last thought.  Since I’m always quick to make fun of people in government who don’t ‘get’ technology (e.g. Ted Stevens), I should point out that John Edwards (remember him from the last presidential elections?) does ‘get it.’  But, the guy who made the Pug Bowling movie is a true internet pioneer.  He’s YouTube‘s Quentin Tarrantino.  I, however, am not Roger Ebert, which raises the question: how did I find out about this movie?  Well, I read about it on Digg, which is sort of like a News Aggregator for content that is ranked by many people.  So many new technologies and so little time to find them, much less explain them to people who don’t really care.

Some people don’t even think hyperlinks are cool.  I try to avoid these people because they have a stale smell and they bore me to tears.

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