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February 15, 2014

Forget everything you know about PBS and watch this video

Don’t let the pedigree fool you. PBS NewsHour correspondents know how to cut loose. Sometimes, they even produce mockumentaries. That’s the mission of Steve Goldbloom in his new PBS Digital Studies series “Everything But the News.” (Check out the trailer above.) Based on the behind-the-scenes subject matter of the new show—a visit to the Grindr offices, at-times-awkward interviews with celebrities and startup CEOs—this little series could do a bit to bump up PBS’ cool factor. (Not that it needs it. Any publicly-funded network responsible for the rise of Jim Lehrer is obviously awesome.)

The first episode of the new web series, over this way, is a nice little meta-commentary on the idea of PBS producing a quick-cut web series. (For one thing, Goldbloom’s at VidCon trying to steal pointers from Philip DeFranco.) For the news nerds out there, check out what Goldbloom told the Columbia Journalism Review.

13:09 // 7 months ago
November 8, 2013
Eight years later, a man whose life was defined by a single groundbreaking video has come back to his creation only to find that he needs to register for Google+ to comment.

Eight years later, a man whose life was defined by a single groundbreaking video has come back to his creation only to find that he needs to register for Google+ to comment.

14:34 // 10 months ago
August 29, 2013
9:50 // 1 year ago
August 8, 2013

Need something offbeat to watch? Check out “Settling”

A web series for the quarter-life-crisis set: Remember A-Ha’s epic “Take On Me" video? Pretty great visuals, right? Well, here’s the problem with that video: Those comic-book visuals only last four minutes. Fortunately, for those of you who sorta wish they had a comic-book-style thing to plow their way through, check out Official Comedy’s “Settling,” which is sort of a moving comic book for the failed twentysomething set, shot with some unique filters for the full effect. If you need another failed writer in your life, check this show out. They also have a Tumblr, which you can follow over here.

P.S.: If you watch to at least episode 10, there’s nudity.

20:21 // 1 year ago
March 16, 2013

YouTube is now home to the ressurection of David Brent, the starring character of the original verison of The Office, a landmark British show that essentially launched Ricky Gervais’ career in television and film (as well spawning the much-beloved American version). Whether YouTube’s efforts at drawing original content for their native channels will ultimately pay off competitively is yet to be clear, but it seems a certainty that devotees of David Brent (in the interests of full disclosure, this includes at least a couple of us) will be grateful for the effort. source

17:57 // 1 year ago
March 8, 2013
In fact, Karp revealed, if an original piece of content is published to Tumblr, that content is on average reblogged nine times, appears in four Facebook feeds, and five Twitter feeds. So among the 80 million blogs on Tumblr, only between 10 and 15 percent of the content is deemed “original.” The remainder is reblogged — something you can either interpret as the inspiring power of the Tumblr network or the slow death of original Web content.

Tumblr talks marketing, user franchising, and the power of the reblog | Digital Trends (via elasticself)

This is a good piece, and it explains why Tumblr has yet to go down the road of monetization for individual users. Key line: "Because YouTube is sending a check to its users at the end of every month, YouTube’s monetization structure “shapes the behavior of the community” and normalizes content creation. It motivates content creators to churn out work for the sake of generating revenue on YouTube.

(via kateoplis)

10:44 // 1 year ago
February 20, 2013
20:26 // 1 year ago
December 28, 2012

YouTube strips Sony and UMG of billions of video views

  • 2B YouTube views were stripped from channels/videos belonging to Sony, Universal Music Group, and more on Friday. According to YouTube, the affected companies were guilty of artificially increasing their viewcounts via methods that are explicitly banned by the video hosting service. source
15:20 // 1 year ago
December 5, 2012
13:59 // 1 year ago
November 24, 2012

Psy’s Gangnam Style ascends to YouTube’s highest peak

  • 805M + YouTube views of Gangnam Style since it debuted on the site in July, the most ever by a single video. It beat out the former record holder, Justin Bieber’s “Baby” — still a juggernaut in its own right with 803 million views. source
16:29 // 1 year ago