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October 29, 2008 at 10:16 AM #38219abflexParticipant
This is a response to the blog post “Youtube is ruining video!” which was posted in the blog section of Videomaker yesterday. The original post was written by the signature tomskowronski and before you keep on reading this forum post, you should probably take a look at http://videomaker.com/community/blogs/videonews/2008/10/4107-youtube-is-ruining-video/.
I figured that, since my comment probably never will be moderated, I’ll post my reply here to fire up the discussion.
Wow, that was arrogant.
What if a journalist would say that blogs (and use your post as an example) is ruining the written word? Usage of clichs, simple typing mistakes such as double spaces or misuse of commas. Short sentences and paragraphs used only to get the viewer to not twirl away to another blog or site because the one hes currently reading is too “boring. One could say that blogs are making the art of writing into a joke.
Or if a web designer (or any graphic designer as a matter of fact) would say that blogs and poorly designed web sites are ruining the art of digital design. Poor typography, columns too narrow, not knowing when to save your graphics as gifs, jpegs or pngs, framing the content into something that is by definition unknown to man, functions in product not functioning properly and so on. One could say that poorly designed blogs and web sites are completely destroying the art of digital design.
So, Tom Skowronski, Ive decided to retype your poorly written blog post not only one, but two times, focusing on the two groups mentioned above. Feel free to copy it and then paste it into whatever community you find fitting.
THE WRITTEN WORD
Alright I know, I get it. You can post your OWN content on Blogger! But that doesnt mean that you should. There are always positives and negatives when it comes to any user generated written sites. Here are the positives, freedom of expression. Thats right, whether you want to tell off the girl who turned you down with a haiku. Or you feel like quoting all of Barney Stinsons one liners from How I met your Mother, you have the right to express yourself! Should you? Sure you bet!
Whats the downside? The result is usually, people who own computers (or pen and paper, or maybe a typewriter) end up creating the content. Instead of people who know how to write, creating the content. This means poor sentences, misuse of punctuation and exclamation marks. These are perfect examples of what not to do while writing your next novel! Read five blog posts and see if you notice any of the seven deadly sins of web writing, I did. Go try, here are some to get you started:
There is no creativity, no flow and no talent. More importantly, these words are crap. Therefore, the art of the written word doesnt exist on Blogger. Which, ironically enough is a web site geared around writing.
Alright I know, I get it. You can design your OWN pages with Dreamweaver and publish it online! But that doesnt mean that you should. There are always positives and negatives when it comes to any user designed site. Here are the positives, freedom of expression. Thats right, whether you want to tell off the girl who turned you down with a picture of her nosehairs sticking out. Or you feel like showing photos of yourself in underpants with a print from the poster from Jaws, you have the right to express yourself! Should you? Sure you bet!
Whats the downside? The result is usually, people who own computers end up creating the content. Instead of people who know how to use photoshop, write css, code html and various dynamic script languages, creating the content. This means stretched and poorly compressed images, no color harmonies, poor typography and repeated background patterns used not only as a column background, but throughout the entirety of the site. These are perfect examples of what not to do in digital design! Watch five websites and see if you notice any of the seven deadly sins of web design, I did. Go try, here are some to get you started:
There is no creativity, no design and no talent. More importantly, these sites lack style and format. Therefore, the art of digital designn doesnt exist on MySpace (for instance). Which, ironically enough is a web site geared around creating web content and design.
This could go on for a while. What about photographers flaming Flickr or musicians raising hell about MySpace or Virb? The bottom line is that with the good, you also have to put up with the bad. YouTube is a fantastic way to give people the opportunity to show of their work to the entire world, give them the opportunity to express themself and try out different techniques with instant feedback from people who are not afraid to speak their minds. Sure, the compression can at times be hard on your eyes, the physical size of the movies are a bit small and the content can at times be really, REALLY bad.
But you know what?
You dont have to watch it.
October 29, 2008 at 2:25 PM #168169RobParticipant
LOL. Actually, I agree with the guy. I hate Youtube sometimes. The other day I got a comment on a video that I posted months ago. It is a montage of high school wrestling that I used for experimenting with Color, the new color correction program in Final Cut Studio 2. Some prick decided to leave a comment saying “I didn’t know they allowed gay porn on youtube.” Afterward, I check his videos thinking he must be on the level of George Lucas or something. Turns out the kid has NO skill. Everyone a critic, right?
On the other hand, I agree with you. I was reading Tom’s blog and getting confused. I went to summer school for English after 11th grade, but I never wrote as poorly as that. Everyone’s a critic, right?
October 29, 2008 at 4:36 PM #168170EarlCMember
Overall, not a poorly written response. Points made, and taken. It is important, however, when writing about, well writing, talking about spelling, punctuation, effort is taken to not include mistakes in your own. Typos are especially sneaky, are they not?
YT is yet another format, another avenue of expression, for the masses democratizing the process of, and for, self expression. Same for blogs. Et tu web sites. I have the option to not read or view what I do not like, or to comment upon that which I find unacceptable once it is presented for public consumption.
Your response is cute, but beyond that, pretty much as presumptuous as the source of your inspiration. Freedom of expression is a powerful intoxicant, huh?
October 29, 2008 at 5:30 PM #168171abflexParticipant
Point taken… After I wrote the words above I realized that I reacted almost the same as the original authorbut at that point it was too late. The huge wall of text was written and I decided not to kill my darlings.
I also might add that english is my second language. Swedish is my primary tounge.
October 30, 2008 at 12:52 AM #168172EarlCMember
Not bad at all, for a Swede writing in English. I commend you. The only other language I can communicate and write in is Texan, although I abandoned the former Republic to move to California, another prolific second language state.
What ‘s “Texan” you ask? Well, it utilizes a LOT of contractions such as ain’t, ya’ll. cain’t and dunno – stuff like that. I try to avoid writing in a Southern drawl as well, but sometimes I cannot resist. 🙂
October 31, 2008 at 3:41 PM #168173brandon0409Participant
I do agree with you. And your re-writes of the original blog post are very true.
And while I don’t like a lot of the videos posted on Youtube because I think they are garbage (not because of they way they were filmed or the 7 deadly video-making sins), I have one thing to say to people with my opinion of the their content.
“If you don’t like what is on YouTube, then don’t watch it!” Those people have the right to post what they want.
Same thing goes to people who are up in arms against certain books, TV shows, Movies (at the theatre), and Porn.
“If you don’t like it then don’t look at it (or watch it).” It’s as easy as that. Don’t tell me what I’m allowed to look at or watch.
Thanks for bringing this blog post to our attentions. I was a music major in college.I had a professor of 20th century music. He asked us to analyze a song and I said it sounded like the sound track to a horror movie. Well let’s just say that I got ripped a new one for that for the remainder of the semester.
At the end of the semester, I brought in an example of a horror movie soundtrack… and guess what?It was the exact same song. By the same composer.
What did he have to say to that?Not much.
Musical snobs… Video snobs… Culinary snobs… They’re everywhere in every line of work. In the artistic field, engineering, blue collar, everywhere.
We just have to remember that this is America and we have the right to express ourselves in anyway we see fit, whether others like it or not.
Case in point in the link below: While I don’t agree with it, they do have the right to do it in this country. And while I DO NOT agree with people whoburn flags… In this country, you should have the right to do it.
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