Friday, January 1, 2010

A New Years "What shits me"...

What shits me is when people make a youtube video out of a piece of text.

If it's just a piece of text, make a fricking blogpost. I can read it ten times as fast as your video goes, and twenty times as fast as it will download.

I can jump back and forth instantly to the parts I want to reread. I can rescan a sentence I read that I didn't quite understand without reaching for the mouse.

Oh, and the comments will sound less like they were made by a 12 year old with Tourette's Syndrome.

If you have an animation, or a sequence of images that's more than a second or two (too long for an animated gif), then by all means, youtube it. But if it's just a way of fancying up some text, and putting it to bad music, forget it, it's a blogpost.

A youtube of a blogpost is a waste of time and bandwidth.

It's the present day version of what 5 years ago would have been a 14-point-purple-comic-sans-in-blinking-text blogpost.


Cujo359 said...

Some people seem to do this to make it impossible to cut and paste quotes from the video into a blog post or some such. I can't think of any other reason to do this.

Yes, I also find it annoying for the same reasons, plus you can't cut and paste them.

S. John Ross said...

This isn't a comment on your latest post; I just wasn't sure how else to contact you ... I'm not sure I ever thanked you for giving me the heads-up (indirectly, but still it's all you) about the use of Dirty Headline by the Atheist Bus Campaign.

You really helped make my year in the process, so thank you so much.