Citizen Media Watch

december 18th, 2006

Swedish YouTube clone goes tv show

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Video clips from FejmTv, citizen video site by Swedish tv channel TV4, will end up in a tv show with the same name as the site.
The first episode of the show will be on the air on December 26, and its theme will be Xmas songs. At the site, FejmTv are now asking its members to tag clips with ”julsång” in order to have a chance to appear on the show.
From the instructions on the site (my, somewhat free, translation):

We want those of you who make the nicest and funniest video clips to become famous in all of Sweden. Together with TV4 we are launching the tv show FejmTV on Boxing Day, Tuesday December 26.
Tv hosts Erik and Mackan, known from TV4 show Pussel and humor show Delux in radio channel P3, will present the best – or perhaps the worst – Christmas carols sent in to FejmTV.
So what are you waiting for? Bring out your camera, stretch your vocal cords, become a member and sing your heart out! This is your golden opportunity to appear on TV and to show the nation what you’re made of. Take the chance to become a tv star!

Martin Jönsson of morning paper Svenska Dagbladet comments (again, my translation):

A clear sign that TV4 believes in this show in its tv format is that it’s placed in the main TV channel, and not in one of TV4’s niche channels. And it’s a sign that web tv and tv are merging more and more.

Yep, I guess nobody’s very surprised that TV4 is taking this step, it is after all a tv channel. What’s interesting is that they’re doing it after only three weeks. It shows, as I’ve already mentioned, that the site is a hit.
At the moment there are 4853 members on FejmTV, you can browse through 2542 clips, and the most viewed clip (a music video featuring a man in diapers) has been shown 21129 times.

However, I can only find seven clips in the ”julsång” category so far, so we’ll see if they’ll have enough material to make a first tv show. Though considering its length – 10 minutes – I’m sure they’ll do fine.

Below is the trailer asking for contributions to the show.

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december 18th, 2006

Multimedia on the new Digg

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom is down, preparing for new features

Digg, the much-imitated social media site, will widen its media field – apparently new updates are being installed this very minute – by adding podcasts and video, writes Richard MacManus at Read/Write Web.

With podcasting and more video added to the mix, Digg can perhaps tap into the YouTube/MySpace user base some more. And given Digg founder Kevin Rose’s history with podcasting and videocasting (which continues to this day in the form of Diggnation, Rose’s popular weekly show), this move plays to the strengths of the Digg team. I think it’s a great move and one that is likely to appeal to a younger – less techie, but more media savvy – audience that up till now probably hasn’t been aware of Digg. You could in a sense label this move as ‘The YouTube-ization of Digg’.

There are several Digg-like sites for videos already. To name but a few: Video Bomb, Zoomblast, ZapZap (for podcasts), Podcast Alley (podcasts) and even Swedish FejmTv could be put in this category.

I’m sure this means we’ll see many more.

Update 2006-12-19:
Vlog clip on Digg Blog, Kevin Rose explains the new features

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december 18th, 2006

Citizen media voices: It's US, not YOU

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Following Time’s declaring of YOU as the Person of the Year, several voices in the citizen media world has been raised saying no, it’s not you, not as individuals – it’s us, WE are the media.

Juan Antonio Giner at Innovations in Newspapers:

The WE Media lost against the YOU Media.

Dan Gillmor at Citizen media center praises the choice, but criticizes the choice of ”You”:

there’s a tiny bit of reality in the fact that the cover didn’t say “Us” instead of “You” — in part because it was a vestige of the magazine’s traditional, royal thinking wherein they told us everything and we bought it or didn’t. If the people of the year are all of you, that leaves “we the deciders of what is news” still inside the gates.

The world has changed, as the magazine’s writers, photographers, artists and editors captured in this issue. Here’s the issue: It’s changed even more than they may want to concede deep down in their essentially top-down, corporate gut.

Jeff Jarvis at BuzzMachine:

This year’s cover reveals that the notion — or they would like to think, institution — of a single person of the year in the single biggest news magazine is such a social anachronism. It is a vestige of the mass era. It is the conceit of mass media that they could pick one person who mattered for the world and that we would listen.

So it’s wise of Time to pick many people. That’s the way the world really works.

Matthew Hurst at Data Mining pretty much takes TIME magazine’s article apart, saying their choice is uninspiring.

More negative comments can be found in the BBC Have Your Say forums.

Sure, there are things to criticize, but I still think it’s a good choice. ”US” would have been better wording for what they are trying to say, but I’d like to look past that and see that atleast they are on the right track.

There are more positive comments as well, of course.

Ben Companie at Rebuilding media:

Heady stuff for those of us who blog, who read blogs, who have recognized that the significance of YouTube (perhaps about to become the generic term for any user-content video sites, the way TiVo is often used to mean any sort of personal video recorder) just more than just silly pet tricks. Another cause for urgency for change for traditional media.

Jim Nail at Cymfony’ Influence 2.0:

In 1982, Time named the computer ”Machine of the Year”. Now they’ve gotten it right — its importance is not about the tool but how it is used.

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