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How much video is too much video?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2009 in Blog, web | No Comments

As the inauguration approaches, I would love to be in D.C.  Chicago’s been THE place to be for long enough though, so I’m happy staying here.  I anticipate lots of crowds, and not lots of access to the interesting sights, parties and get-togethers.

But I would like to see video, lots of video, to make me feel as if I am there. The Internet has enough space to host whatever people throw at it.  Even though I’ll be here, focusing on research and innovations in hospitals, I’ll virtually be able to take part.

Thinking about this reminded me of a video someone showed in my new media class this past week.  A news organization had gone a bit overboard in posting two minutes of shaky video without explaining the story.  That’s an example of people doing video just to do video, and not thinking about how it tells a story.

Of course, most people are familiar with the fact that the inauguration is occuring.  Still, I’m hoping independent participants recording the history for their kids, as well as large media organizations bring the story to the world, remember to write some clarifying paragraphs, or use voiceovers, to remind us what we are looking at.

There’s a nice example here of bringing viewers behind the scenes and getting them excited about the upcoming gigantic news event, and maybe thinking of a certain news organization as a place to turn for actual coverage.

And I’m starting to think about how I can use these same techniques to bring new treatments in hospitals to life for Chicago viewers.  I think there are some ways video has been used really well, and sometimes (like I mentioned above) when it just gets thrown up on the page.

This should be a very exciting news week ahead, and I, for one, can’t wait.

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