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June 12, 2006

Indie Web TV

I've been relatively distracted by The Big Move lately, so haven't really had the time or energy to blog. Plus, I'm moving quickly on 1-2 writing projects (including an article for a book collection), but just wanted to throw a quick pointer to some other folks who've been thinking about some of the new "homemade media," the DV films and series that I've recently found so intriguing. In particular, David at GreenCine has written a short blog essay addressing the comparison between Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation) and Joe Swanberg (LOL and Kissing on the Mouth, both of which I'd love to see). But David also discusses Swanberg's NSFW series for Nerve, Young American Bodies (also check out the MySpace page), now in its sixth episode (of course you should start with the beginning).

I don't have much to add to David's analysis right now, but I think that one point he makes is important (and it's something I want to address when I have more time to write on web television), and that is that with estimates of 50,000 uploads to YouTube and 50,000,000, "YAB is a prime example not so much of the future preferred alternative to television but of the present preferred alternative." This might be a relatively obvious point, as David implies, but still a point very much worth noting. Also check out Cynthia's analysis of Young American Bodies. Hoping to revisit this later, but with Silverdocs starting soon and all the other stuff, I might be pretty distracted for the next few days.

Posted by chuck at June 12, 2006 1:43 PM

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