Saturday, February 25, 2006

Computer on the TV

Wow, no faster did did VH1's Web Junk take off then Bravo's Viral Video appears. And even with the total slew of material online they've managed to use almost all the same clips as Web Junk (President Bush screws up, SNL "chronicles of narnia" rip offs, pinky the crazy cat), with even worse commentary. One big difference between the shows is Web Junk shows the clips in all their pixelated glory, Viral often goes and finds the original video and shows it clear and crisp, not to mention they take clips directly from their OWN shows and use them! Kind of defeats the point doesn't it? If you aren't using the internet clip then you're just doing another funny video show like Maximum Exposure or America's Funniest Home Video.

And this is only the start, evidently NBC is planning Carson's Cyberhood and USA is basing a show around the website Ebaums World. Cyberhood plans to award people for their videos, maybe they should hire Bob Saget to host the show instead of Carson Daly.

Looks like reality television has taken the next step: real people are not only the subject but the producers and distributers too. These shows also bring up issues of ownership that have been ciruculating for a while when video sites or their TV counterparts use clips from TV shows or commercials, such as with NBC requesting their clips being pulled off of Youtube.

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Blogger Sharon Meraz said...

Yep, I spotted this one, too! I'll be sure to remind you to mention this in class when we discuss vlogging and its intersection with MSM broadcast industry.

2/27/2006 7:28 PM  

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