Maybe I don’t need a video

A couple of days ago, the Spammish Inquisition, which I hadn’t expected, insisted that what I really needed was a video. I argued that if I had one, it would not be well received.

For a vivid illustration of “not well received,” here’s Robert Stacy McCain complaining to a videoblogger:

I’m a super-fast reader. If you were to provide me with a transcript of your 11-minute video rant, I could skim over it in less than a minute and locate the “money quote,” which I could then copy-and-paste into a block-quote on my blog and discuss it. Alternatively, I might decide that your 11-minute video rant is a silly piece of nonsense that should be ignored. Either way, the difference between (a) the 11-minute video rant and (b) a transcript of your rant is that (b) saves me 10 minutes of time over (a), not to mention the time savings between (c) doing a quick copy-and-paste of a quote and (d) having to transcribe your lunatic gibberish.

I don’t know if I’m legitimately “super-fast,” but this is very much like what I do with readable rants.

There are, says McCain, three reasons why someone might prefer to do video over “print,” and he’s not keen on any of them. (You’ll have to Read The Whole Thing for those.)


  1. Smarty Pants »

    1 August 2014 · 10:54 pm

    I don’t have a video because I have a face made for radio – but a voice suitable for 1-900-SexChat ☺

  2. CGHill »

    1 August 2014 · 11:22 pm

    Asked why I didn’t do a podcast, I explained that I had a voice made for magazines.

  3. McGehee »

    2 August 2014 · 8:05 am

    I could do video, but I’d need to write a script anyway.

  4. canadienne »

    2 August 2014 · 12:51 pm

    Skip the videos, for the reason Mr. McCain suggested. I am an ordinary fast reader, will NEVER sit still for an 11 minute video unless it is extremely engaging, which almost all of them are not.

    I think that a series of how-to tutorials for people who insist on putting videos on their websites would be a very Good Thing. (Lesson #1: keep it concise. Cut to the chase.)

  5. Charles Pergiel »

    2 August 2014 · 4:04 pm

    Bad videos outnumber good ones 100 to 1, or 1,000 to 1, or, I dunno, a zillion to 1. Making a good video is time consuming. Making a bad video is quick and easy, easier even than writing it down, which some people don’t know how to do anyway, which makes me think that script writers secretly rule the universe.

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