@AJCann Death of Seesmic via @josiefraser What’s it say about feedback?

Is video inherently flawed, or is this consolidation in operation?

Thanks Josie for pointing this out to me. For teachers concerned with feedback, this is a key question: two really, because the consolidation question is separate from the question of the affordances of the medium. I am interested in the affordance question but do not know the answer. I do know that it is easier to write than to speak in most of the environments I work in. Or, that is, I find it easier. In open plan working environments or coffee shops or trains the rattle of the keys is normal (and normalised), whereas speaking out loud at a computer is not. Telephone conversation is becoming more acceptable, but monologues on dictaphones are more annoying. For me the heavy overhead of video is in part having a studio-like environment in which to work as well as having and knowing how to use the tools. I follow Change da channel on Youtube. He gets regular video commentary. He is great (imo). The video commentary: well, my mother said if you don’t have anything nice to say… Let’s say the discourse is just not made much richer. I have adopted Twitter and blogging and a little IM on Skype and discussion forums. Each tweaks the old epistolary conventions, allowing for more or less dialogue, more or less reflection, more or less extension. I have tried adding audio into the mix, recording feedback for students. It should work. It really should. But, I find myself going blub blub blub and having to re-record. Maybe I need elocution lessons? Video magnifies the blub blub blub effect: is my hair OK? And one is expected to be clothed. In epistolary conventions (and on the Internet) no one knows you are a dog (or naked, or wearing a torn Metallica t-shirt). The visual semantics have to be taken into account, as do the expectations of the audience. Some of my students wouldn’t mind the t-shirt. Others would prefer more professional garb when getting commentary on their 52%. With epistolary conventions I can write properly dressed prose from a scholar’s office no matter where I am or how (or if) I am dressed. On video I have to look as well as sound the part. Even my accent has to be taken into account. Video is inherently different. I find it much harder to use.

Oh yes. And, there does appear to be consolidation in operation: see, e.g. Research and Markets, “Internet Video – Conditions of Profitability” http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/660784

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