Rhet/Comp and Video Blogging

A few days ago, Alex Reid posted a great blog entry wondering why there aren’t more video blogs focusing on Rhet/Comp scholarship. It would have been easy (and just fine, I think) to post my own response as an alphabetic entry here; instead, I’ve decided to post my first video blog entry as a way of hopefully challenging the rest of the Rhet/Comp bloggers to follow our lead and try blogging via video.

In today’s entry I respond directly to Alex’s post, but I also layout a plan for the next several video entries I plan to post regarding the content, the audience, and the practices that we might explore and work towards as video bloggers (even though I plan to only go so far as being a video/audio/still/embedded/alphabetic) blogger. Here’s my first real video post…

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  1. Ryan, thanks for your thoughtful response to my post and taking up the challenge of video blogging. I like your take on the issue of comfort. It does take time to become comfortable in front of the camera and even longer to become a good performer there. I can say I’m comfortable now; I can’t say how well I perform. Hopefully some of our classroom presentation skills can translate.

    I also agree that we must move beyond (at some point) the self-reflective, meta-commentary of video blogs on video blogging or even on the limited subject of digital rhetoric. If there are no good video blogs in our field, perhaps we should look beyond it to find good examples from which we might borrow.

  2. Yes. And Yes. Any examples of solid video blogs from beyond the scope of our discipline that you’d care to recommend? I would if I could, but I’ve not followed any video blogs because there aren’t any within the scope of my interests. Sounds like I need my perspective challenged or to get out of my own reading-comfort zone.

    Anyone else out there have suggestions?

  3. My main issue (having watched only your video) with all video blogging is that talking heads are inefficient. I can skim “alphabetic” (I prefer print) text quickly, looking for the transition elements that you relied on to move through your argument (the first point, second point, etc).

    Just because video exists and is price efficient doesn’t compel its use. Video must do something more than text can do in order to make video blogging superior (in some circumstances) to our text-based mode of discussion. Moreover, they needn’t be separate modes. Clearly, print can and should interact with the vlog.

    I’m pretty certain that all of these points have been made in the vlogging discussion, which is one I haven’t followed. Sorry for my ignorance, but I thought I’d throw my two cents in anyway. If necessary, I’ll take my refund.

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