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Wednesday October 31 2007

David Thompson has urged me in an email, to read this posting, and presumably I wasn’t the only one he emailed.  And now Instapundit has linked to another posting about the same story.

One of the strong feelings I came away with from that LA/LI Conference was that cheap video-ing in the manner of blogging (i.e. video-blogging) which has long been talked about by techies, has reached critical mass and is about to explode.  (Shoving text around on the internet predated blogging by several years, but blogging was what made this explode and start to impact seriously on the wider world.) Soon video-blogging will have major political consequences, as opposed to the mere consequences that it is already having.  The left stranglehold on the moving image is about to be broken, big time.  The final session of that LA/LI Conference featured Sean Gabb urging us all to get stuck into the cultural battle, and YouTube figured prominently in the resulting comments from the floor.  No point taking on the BBC etc.  head on.  Just go around these leftist citadels.  The technology now exists, so do it.  (Appropriately enough, the session was itself videoed, as was most of the Conference, and as soon as video details go up at the LA website I will supply links.) And if non-lefty movies of the more regular sort do manage to get made, they can now be publicised very cheaply, by bloggers and by YouTubing the trailers, and for that matter by just putting the whole thing out there for people to look at on their small screens.

The relevance of the above two paragraphs to each other is that the amazing amount of speech codery, brainwashing, bias and general ridiculousness that the Left has imposed upon the world in general and upon the universities of the USA in particular, is about to be exposed in a whole new way, by people brandishing cheap video cameras, interviewing all the victims of the ridiculousness, and by people with rather more expensive cameras who no longer have to beg for distribution, but who can create demand and then demand it.

This, I think, is a real taste of the future.

Or, to put it another way, people may soon be watching sentiments like these.

LATER: I should have included in the above that a key variable in all this is the speed and power of the average (as opposed to super-geek) computer.  A few weeks back, my hard disc space went from about 300 gigabytes to about 1000 gigabytes.  Cost?  About £130.  In my experience software makes big things like the above merely imaginable and predictable.  But it is only when the hardware catches up that they actually happen.  As a direct consequence of having that new hard disc, I am thinking, for the first time in my life, about being a movie maker.

However, I have decided that I probably won’t do it.  What I shall try to do (by which I mean wait for the chance to do and keep my fingers crossed) is video/TV/movieperforming.  That’s because I have already done this.  People are best using computers to do what they already knew how to do by hand, so to speak.