<videovortex> Just Out:Videoblogging Before YouTube by Trine Bjørkmann Berry

Geert Lovink geert at xs4all.nl
Thu Jun 21 14:53:48 CEST 2018

Dear Video Vortex members,

the Institute of Network Cultures is proud to present Videoblogging Before YouTube by Trine Bjørkmann Berry, Theory on Demand #27. The book is available in pdf, epub, and print-on-demand here: http://networkcultures.org/blog/publication/tod-27-videoblogging-before-youtube/ <http://networkcultures.org/blog/publication/tod-27-videoblogging-before-youtube/>
An important hallmark in the research into online video, Videoblogging Before YouTube offers a cultural history of online video, focusing on the critical moment when the internet moved from being a mostly textual medium to a truly multimedia one. Through a close analysis of the early videoblogging community and their creative practices, Trine Bjørkmann Berry argues that early in the new millennium a new cultural-technical media hybrid emerged. which created innovative media forms that have been highly influential on YouTube and other audio-visual media forms such as film and television. Through an ethnographically-informed approach to the cultural history of the videoblogging community, the book examines their practices, which were mostly small-scale, self-funded and bottom-up, and truly experimental. The aesthetic, technical form and content of short-form digital film was an important predecessor to, and anticipator of, our current media ecology.

Trine Bjørkmann Berry is a writer and academic whose research is at the intersection of film theory, digital media and digital vernaculars, with particular emphasis on video and the internet. Bjørkmann Berry is a visiting researcher at the University of Sussex. She publishes on online video, digital culture and aesthetics. Her new research examines the history and practices of the video essay.

Cover design: Katja van Stiphout. Design: Rosie Underwood. EPUB development: Rosie Underwood. Print on Demand. Publisher: Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, 2018. ISBN: 978-94-92302-22-9.

Published under a Creative Commons license; download your free copy here or order a print edition via Lulu: http://networkcultures.org/blog/publication/tod-27-videoblogging-before-youtube/ <http://networkcultures.org/blog/publication/tod-27-videoblogging-before-youtube/>.

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