Thursday, February 8, 2007

What happens when everyone blogs?

Michael Wesch illustrates some possibilities and unresolved implications of the read/write web in his video perspective:

While viewing the video, I found it frustrating to see important digital information yet not be able to interact with it in ways that I have become accustomed for text-based materials. For example, seeing the Wesch's images of Kevin Kelly's Wired article told me that there was something important there but I needed to go to some lengths to find the original article (recipe: "rewind" the clip until I found the title, and then use it in a Google search for "We are the Web").

Later, I read an update on his Wesch's progress creating the video. He has opened door for feedback from all quarters.
This is the 2nd draft, and I plan on doing one more final draft. Please leave comments on what could be changed or improved, or what needs to be excluded or included. Subscribe if you want to be notified when the revision is released.
He has encouraged viewers to comment on his video using the discussion tools of YouTube. I can imagine how challenging it is to connect the text comments with the video. Recall the comment feature in The Bridge, an early online writing and learning environment produced by CTLT at WSU. It allowed reviewer to place comments on the same screen but did not associate them with the material in the text. But Wesch is now testing Mojiti, a tool much better suited for comments on video:
UPDATE: I just added this video to Mojiti where you can actually write your comments into the video itself. It is an exciting experiment in "Video 2.0". Go check it out at and add your voice!
Mojiti provides simple video subtitling tools that have adjustable start and stop time-codes that make it possible to annotate the video. One viewer resolved the dilemma I described above by adding a text-over comment that includes a link to Kelly's article. In the spirit of wiki collaboration, I tried to improve the Mojiti "spot" to be more complete but I am still learning to use the interface. My set of annotations can be found at (the 2024 identifies Michael's video and the 3437 identifies my set of spots for this video).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see that you created your own spot set for MW's video.

The fools have arrived at the original one. Some goofball posted again and again, each comment dumber than the one preceding it -- totally desecrating the site.

So much for a social experiment! But sadly, the thoughtless and destructive are part of society too.

I had intended to take a time lapse of the site as people contributed comments. Should have listened to my instincts!