RE: [-empyre-] Interactive Video for the Web - Have you thought of astory?
At 12:30 AM 3/3/2005, you wrote:
The tech of your
http://www.wildernesspuppets.net/yarns/annotate/cspanx4.html 'C-SPAN X 4' is
interesting, and what it does and enables is kind of interesting, but it
seems it's mostly the 'conceptual dimension' of the piece that is most
interesting. I'm not motivated to sing along with the 'C-SPAN Karaoke', for
instance--and I doubt you figured people would be--but somehow the concept
of the piece is very intriguing.
Hello Jim and others.
The concept was irresistable. But, you know, singing is irresistable
too. And those songs are hard-wired in my head anyway (as they are, I
think, for others)... so it doesn't take much to trigger my singing reflex.
In fact, the more I watch the CSPAN Karaoke, the more that I am interested
in the actual singing, for its ability to enforce a certain distance from
the content being watched.
"CSPAN Karaoke" has enabled me to sit through more boring CSPAN television
than I would have ever thought possible. And I have learned that CSPAN is
not always boring and that sometimes there is information conveyed or there
is sobering, unvarnished depiction of political lies.
The question is, after the cleverness-of-concept wears off, one might come
to realize that there needs to be ways invented for regular people to have
the stamina and interest to watch boring political processes - since the
banalities of those processes have everything to do with how and why the
U.S. governement is now run by a bunch of mass-murdering gangsters. i.e.,
I need to be able to see that with my own eyes in order to politically act
C-SPAN Karaoke is a genuine tool for active viewing. It transforms singing
as a tactic for re-framing and dialoguing with media content.
The project may need a better selection of songs, but it is not conceptual
- it is activist!
I guess you get an XML feed or something, maybe just a .txt file, that lists
urls to streamable videos and descriptions of the content. This content is
meant to be 'syndicatable' by C-SPAN. And you've gone to a lot of trouble to
build the tech in Director to get that info and then be able to stream those
videos in Director. So then the question arises what to do with that
information, and what is that information? Your 'answers' to these questions
would, I presume, stop many a person dead in their tracks, because your
approach is so non-standard. Which, for me, anyway, serves to increase the
force with which the questions are raised. You 'make strange' strongly. And
what is made strange is not only the video itself, but the delivery and
processing and framing of the video.
I would like to make the awkwardness of my self-taught approach into an
asset. Who wouldn't? There are many limitations in my approach. I
haven't gotten the hang of parsing XML, so I break my head over reinventing
the wheel in other ways.
What is strange, I think, is the capacity of the web for breaking the
authority of the frame itself. We aren't used to it.
And the status/nature of journalistic
video in society.
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