[FoRK] Videos of talks / presentations considered harmful (and other peeves)

Bill Stoddard wgstoddard at gmail.com
Mon May 24 12:28:06 PDT 2010


On 5/24/10 3:17 PM, Jeff Bone wrote:
> Enough with the video, already.  The TED talks, the Google tech talks, the Vimeo stuff.  Etc.
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> Non-machine-parseable (at least, easily, though Google's working on it.)  That means not indexable.  That means opaque, at least for now.
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> They're linear.  They're time and attention consuming.  The information density in both time and space domains is piss-poor.  (Yes, this despite "picture worth a thousand words" nonsense.  I.e., not when it's a picture of words being spoken, it ain't!
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> Non-cut-n-pasteable.  Hard to reference specific points of interest.  Etc. etc. etc.
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> Guaranteed to be non-durable.  I.e., the format in 10 years will NOT be the same as it is today.  Much less in 100.  10,000.  Etc.  Have pity on the poor archaeologist-combat programmers of the future.  All formats are vulnerable;  video more than most.
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> Give it a REST.  Write a freakin' web page.  Or fine, post the video, but have the decency to ALWAYS provide relevant metadata, transcript, and particularly any source and reference materials that were presented.
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> I can (barely) tolerate this when non-techies go all flash-junkie with their site's front page, etc.  But c'mon;  geeks know better.  Don't be putting useful information in these containers.
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> jb
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> PS - Enough with Slideshare, etc., too.  The PDFs, pretty as they are.  We have a universal content type.  It's HTML.  Check it out.
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> PPS - Put a freakin' date on your web pages, dammit.  EVERY ONE OF THEM.  AT LEAST in some human-readable format, if not some better metadata.  Bonus points for create *and* last modification times.
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+1 all the way around.  Particularly wrt video and web page dates.

Bill


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