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The Wilhelm Scream REMIX

One of the Three Media artefacts that I am supposed to post as part of my Social Technologies module, ‘Spreadable Media’ artefact 1 assignment as mentioned here in one of my blog posts, I chose to do a super-cut video Remix of the Wilhelm scream from any film scenes that used the sound effect.

From an Audio background, video is a bit of a foreign entity to me, I have cut and pasted audio but have never really tempted to do video editing. I first of all downloaded all the videos that I thought would be very useful for this operation. Now that i had files sitting on my hard drive, next step was to start the cutting and pasting process. It hit me that my files were in a .flv format which is a format not supported by the editor software I was going to use to create this supe-rcut. There are lot of free video converters on line but most of them support PCs and my interface is a Mac, now free Mac compatible are available but some of these will imbed their watermark on your converted file and this is not what i was wishing for. To make it worse some links online will actually mislead that the converter is compatible with a Mac or free but after downloading and installing I would realise that this is not the case.  After hours of trial and error I approached one of my class mate Natalie Smith, whose speciality is Film, she really helped me find a suitable convertor and recommended a manageable editor software for a novice on video editing as well as a really uncomplicated converter. With all videos converted I had to start editing out the “screams ‘ and putting them together in a sequence I thought would make desirable viewing below is the REMIX video that I managed to come up with;

The Wilhelm Scream REMIX


Spreadable Media

Digital creative, event organiser, speaker, 15 years at the BBC Hugh Garry gave my class a talk on Spreadable Media. Very inspirational presentation which covered a lot and I managed to understand and pick on a few ideas concerning this topic.

We have come a long way in terms of media production and consumption. Since the advent of Radio Broadcasting by Guglielmo Marconi in 1901 and later Television catching up, this was just a one way communication whereby the ‘Consumer’ would listen or watch content from the broadcaster. Then came an era of the ‘Contributor’ were the consumer was able to contribute to the broadcast content through phone-in programmes or even writing to the editor in the case of print media. With advancement of technology, the era of the ‘Circulator’ followed, here the consumer was able to pass on some media through different platforms because of ease of technology. Then came the ‘Influencer’, for as simple as a product reviews posted online by shoppers, one’s decision on purchasing a product can be influenced by these reviews. Sometimes it only takes one person to post a critique on Twitter and a whole movement can begin. Then came the ‘Producer’ by now the consumer could produce own content and broadcast it themselves, a good a example is YouTube, I have explained how this process works in my previous blog post here. The evolution does not end here, we now have the ‘Financier’, here individuals are sponsoring(monetary) ideas they believe are worth developing for example Kickstarter. This is a funding platform for creative projects. These range from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others. Last but not least , Media Proprietor’, such as Netflix or Hulu, these platforms offer instant watch of films or television episodes streamed over the internet to your TV via a PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 or any other device or on mobile phones, tablets or computers. But some of these eras overlap in time of happening for example, social media movements are still happening to date as well as the era of media proprietor or financier.

The eras I have discussed in the paragraph above are part of today’ s Media circulation. This is only possible if there is active participation in passing on content among individuals or between a television show and its audience or between product manufacture and consumers. This permeability will allow constructive critisim of say a blog post, feedback on a television series or product reviews. Such interaction is important to improve a product or even a next blog post or get feedback on what the audience wants for the next series of a Television programme. If these are implemented well, a retention of followers may be possible or better still increase on the number of followers.

In content posting by individuals, fear of failure is the main contributor to hesitation but then again if you do not try how can you measure failure? Hugh Garry reiterated on how important it is to try and post any content on any platform even on twitter and how a 140 character count post can be able to change a situation, only when attempted in the first place. He also gave an example of how way back in the time of ‘Dub tape’, it could only take ten playbacks of a demo on dub tape before quality begin to deteriorate and maybe pay another £50 for a new one but technology these day can allow online hits even 200 as much as it may seem not many but miles better than 10 dub tape listens. Then stressed the point with this quote;

“A day in the wild is worth a month of guessing” Mike Krieger (co-founder of Instagram)

In 2011/2012 Arab uprising in Egypt and Tunisia, Twitter showed how social media is an interactive and ongoing conversation type of communication. Tweets helped to let others know where protests were taking place, and reach large numbers of people at once. In most areas media coverage was often censored and foreign journalists were not welcome, Twitter provided a way for protestors to share their unfiltered experiences with the world, and helped capture international attention and support. This may indicate that Spreadable Media is not only about marketing oneself but could be a way to get feedback on any subject and contribution to any Art and may very inspirational. Not all spreadable media is a success story but if it fails, then it may be a very good way of learning why and comeback with a better way next time, like a game. Overall this gives a chance to be part of a bigger network of bloggers, Instagramers and any other platform.

YouTube Culture

Since the founding of YouTube in 2005, it has grown so big that it is the third visited website on the internet and up to five million videos are viewed on this platform every month. Very interesting statistics can be found here. Most renowned Television stations are failing to match this for a number of reasons and I will briefly explain a few. Now YouTube tagline ‘Broadcast Yourself’ says it all, anyone who wants can broadcast themselves on this platform countless times. YouTube does not discriminate against quality of video or its content(needless to say that some posts have a very good quality), this alone is a passport for home video makers to post any video regardless, even from a mobile phone. As we all know producing a high end video will require a number of factors ranging from reasonable time input to decent cameras usually a bit costly (to mention but a few). Already its clear that probably more than twenty home videos can equate to, say  a half hour television programme in terms of cost or time. Individuals, even from their living rooms are able to broadcast themselves anytime of the day posting any subject area, we can safely say that to some extent boundaries do not exist unless if the posts are offensive in another context in which case YouTube admin will deal with that.

What content then do we find on YouTube? there are a lot of ‘How to’ videos, humour/fun videos, protest videos, parody videos, the list is endless. I have to confess that I have sometimes searched for videos on how to do my hair. 🙂 This kind of content seems, is what the population of today wants,  we need our hands held for certain tasks, in my case doing my hair, we need to laugh after a long day at work, we need to watch a favourite band live on stage for a show we could not attend, and the list goes on.

So YouTube becomes a source of free information of almost any subject area one can think of the same kind of set up as conventional Television stations(old media) differing on other aspect that i will not mention on this topic. The different channels on Television can be equated to the different channels on YouTube that post different subjects areas. Individuals package their little video and post it on YouTube and we can safely say become producers or journalist because they are telling some kind of story. Since this is directly linked to the traditional way of media coverage in the sense that we have a producer then we have the platform then consumer whereas  with YouTube(new media), is more or less using the same concept as old media but the consumer becomes a producer of content already there is a blur in consumer-producer relationship which Henry Jenkins has described as ‘Media Convergence’ here and is another big discourse area that i will not touch.

Why do individuals broadcast themselves on YouTube? The content type will determine how many views one will get on the post. The more a post gets viewed then sponsors get attracted and opportunities crops up for example appearing in advertisements as the face of a product since already there is evidence of a command of followers. This is just one example and some people are actually making a living by getting paid for advertisements featured on their video posts. Some people are just talented and they want a platform to showcase their Art and may just end up celebrities because their content has attracted so many viewers and those who just want attention from a lot of people or just want to have a bit of fun/laugh. According to YouTube, 72 hours of video is uploaded daily, what then do these numbers mean for individuals who uploads videos? Simply put, there is steep competition, there is need for that distinction whereby some videos can generate so many hits due to content or how the video is spread. This spread of content to the extent of up to a million of hits for a specific period is what Henry Jenkins explains in detail here, the theory of ‘Spreadable Media’. In some cases YouTube users linkup with other fellows who are doing well on YouTube, produce content and this may just increase their audience and hits.

There is also another side to this ‘glorious’ operation, the fact that thoughts, feelings and even identities are put out there for the whole world, it means YouTube users are at a vulnerable position to stokers, or disturbing comments on this platform. This is the reason why there is a number of people who are sceptical about signing up to internet sites because of fear of such happenings. But after all said, I was impressed with how, what someone may call a silly video can change another person’s life, Cory William who has 516 006 subscibers and a total of 228 899 880 YouTube video views says in ‘Butterflies YouTube Documentary Movie’ here, his ‘Make Poop’ video helped an Australian girl stop herself from committing suicide. This is quite positive in my opinion how a YouTube video can influence someone’s actions. Where YouTube is going and what may happen in a few years or months time is something we can predict.