The avalanche of internet video, a story in two parts
Part 1. I try to side step the furor about the 2008 Presidential campaign until at least 2008. I noted the recent Democratic debate hosted by CNN where questions were posed in YouTube format. To my amusement and amazement, one candidate discussed a question on global warming posed by an animated snowman, the now famous Billiam. I watch this 18 second video (Mr. Kucinich's reply is available on YouTube as well) and do not know whether the politics has completely gone mad or if I am witnessing a key moment in the democratic process. I am sure of a couple of things: this video is funny and that Harry Truman never envisioned such an event.
Read more about Biliam and his Minnesota (where else?!) creators in the July 31, 2007 front page of the Wall Street Journal.
Part 2. Several articles this week about streaming video on the Internet to the extent that BET (Black Educational Television) is taking some programs off the broadcast network and showing them only on the Internet. We'll see more of this from the likes of ReelTime, Joost, Limelight Networks, Brightcove, and Netflix.
As one who has access to 100 channels of cable and nearly nothing to watch of interest to me, I welcome more choice. For the corporation, the explosion of video access at lower cost offers great opportunity for enterprise training and education. New York Times August 6, 2007 page C1 for more.