May 18, 2003

First Blogumentary

The Blogging World seems to be having some growing pains, undergoing a sub-adult introspection of what it wants to be when it grows up. Maybe there is now enough interblog experience and a critical mass of blogger-neurons to begin to think collectively about where we and the medium goes from here. I think the process is good... to be proactive and inward-thinking without being self-absorbed and too full of ourselves that we go off in our own separate idiosyncratic directions entirely. Chuck Olsen is preparing his magnum opus... the Blogumentary... a documentary about blogging and bloggers, with some early installments already in place. (Bummer. Low bandwidth and a broken QuickTime here at Fragments so I'll send you there to come back with a report.) Here's part of his introduction...

Being a blogger has made me more observant and more informed. More than that, I feel connected and as though I'm tapped into something. I peer directly into others personal lives, sometimes seeing myself reflected and resonating with that connection. Or, I see what it's like to live in another's shoes: a homeless guy in Nashville, a college girl in Canada, a Peace Corps recruit or... Wil Wheaton. I begin to post something and stop myself - is this too personal? Who's going to see this? I learn what's going on in the world and argue with people - we are renegade microjournalists improvising and jousting, and sometimes creating a clamour the world can't ignore. (See: Trent Lott.)

I am an evangelist about encouraging everyone to be a mediamaker. When you make your own media, (1) You bypass the filters of the corporate-owned mainstream media machine. (2) You become more aware, more observant, more opinionated. You realize what your interests are, you think harder, you delve deeper.

To me, blogs are the next stage of... something. The digital video revolution is making everyone into a filmmaker and documentarian, and blogs are making everyone into a journalist, pundit or memoirist. Video blogs are the exciting mixture of the two. Our culture is capturing itself at an unprecedented level. How is this changing me, how is this changing us? Is it too much - should we stop capturing, and just be? I want to know, and I hope you do, too. -- Chuck Olsen

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