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Is Vidme the ‘NewTube’? Why video creators are changing sides and how they feel about it

Is Vidme the ‘NewTube’? Why video creators are changing sides and how they feel about it

A few weeks ago on September 9, video platform Vidme’s own channel uploaded their weekly episode of ‘This Week @ Vidme’ titled ‘German INVASION’. The video refers to a sudden and significant increase of German led channels on Vidme:...
Advertiser-friendly vs. Youtuber-friendly: who does YouTube really care about?

Advertiser-friendly vs. Youtuber-friendly: who does YouTube really care about?

In the Internet age, while some companies choose to be LGBT-friendly, eco-friendly or even vegan-friendly, YouTube is openly advertiser-friendly. The de facto standard video-hosting website of the western world has become a staple of our modern society – an...
UHD Format is Coming

UHD Format is Coming

  The Seven Kingdoms Seven of the biggest IT companies are collaborating to createa new format for Ultra High Definition (UHD) video.This collaboration is called Alliance for Open Media and includes companies such as Google, Netflix and Microsoft. There’s also...
YouTube | It’s gone 360º

YouTube | It’s gone 360º

  YouTube – Home to viral sensations, talking cats, Charlie’s finger and not to mention irritating music videos – with some holding over two billion views! From its launch in May 2005, YouTube has developed, changed and re-formatted over...
Social Media and Sensitive Content

Social Media and Sensitive Content

Since its inception, Twitter has considered itself a stalwart for free speech. It’s gotten them into some hot water in the past, including outcries over abusive Internet trolls, as well as the intricate balancing act of promoting open dialogue...
David Kraftsow, Justin Bieber, and the Evolution of Curatorial Practice

David Kraftsow, Justin Bieber, and the Evolution of Curatorial Practice

By: Maya Livio & Audrika Rakshit Brooklyn-based artist/programmer David Kraftsow creates works that re-contextualize and reinterpret popular culture. He is best known for his YooouuuTuuube project, an online platform that allows users to create psychedelic collages by breaking down YouTube videos into frame-by-frame grids....
Mash-up trailers and YouTube: “birth” of a new media object

Mash-up trailers and YouTube: “birth” of a new media object

You have probably already seen them and maybe you have not even noticed them. Some people describe them as ‘trash’, as ‘gosh awful bad’, as ‘YouTube spam’, and others might describe them as ‘(amateur) art’. A more neutral way...
The effect of new media in teaching music

The effect of new media in teaching music

A thirteen-year-old child walks into the music classroom and recommends the guitar teacher a song of an independent, French punk band. The teacher listens to the song on YouTube and concludes that it is a bit too fast. The...
The Problem With Advertising-Driven Content

The Problem With Advertising-Driven Content

It’s been almost 20 years since the web made its grand entrance into the lives of average consumers. It was around that time the internet was also opened for business and companies started assessing it for its profitability. Initially...
Gigapixel photography – a new vantage point

Gigapixel photography – a new vantage point

If you enjoy roaming the virtual streets of Google Maps’ Street View, take a deep breath and dive into the unique visual experience of “Gigapixel photography”. A gigapixel photograph is, mathematically speaking, an image that consists of one billion...
WappZapp; the revolution of interactive real-time television

WappZapp; the revolution of interactive real-time television

The computational era we currently live in overwhelms us with the latest gadgetry, fidgets and means of communications. It is a tidal wave of new media micro-evolutions which we engulf ourselves in every day. Its innovational force moves so...

The end of television as we know it?

Will traditional television soon become obsolete? Probably not. But it does seem that corporate giant Google is making yet another move towards achieving this goal. As of last Friday it has been announced that YouTube (video-sharing website owned by...
How do YouTube personalities change in response to fame

How do YouTube personalities change in response to fame

One social media website that has more or less gone under the radar since the 2008 Facebook boom is the now-classic YouTube. While social media research has recently focused its efforts predominantly on Facebook and Twitter, where personal identities...

Social networks + SEO = Social SEO ?

Sometimes the results of a search on Google, Bing or Yahoo are not really satisfying. If you search for specific terms sometimes the search results are very limited. Often only the first three search results give usable information. The...

Is the internet ruining our brains?

We shouldn’t be talking about the rise of the social media and new media any more. It’s here, in everyone’s lives on a daily basis. And it’s doing things to us. It’s changing the way we communicate, learn, socialise...
Michael Strangelove @ Video Vortex 6: “Any Moment Will be a Youtube Moment”

Michael Strangelove @ Video Vortex 6: “Any Moment Will be a Youtube Moment”

In his talk on the cultural value of amateur video at the Video Vortex #6 conference in Amsterdam, the author, scholar and artist Michael Strangelove explained how amateur productions will gain greater value due to their potential of challenging...

Dagan Cohen and Upload Cinema. Taking YouTube to the Big Screen

Upload Cinema is a monthly video spree that quite literally takes the most valuable YouTube gems to the big screen. That is, the not-so-big one of the Uitkijk, the smallest and coziest movie theater in...

Andrew Clay @ Video Vortex 6. YouTube: Make Money While Escaping Death

A media theorist and lecturer at Leicester's De Montfort University, Andrew Clay has been investigating online video for some time. As an opener of the sixth edition of Video Vortex, his intervention explored YouTube and effectively went a bit...
Twitter brings New Media student on stage with Imogen Heap

Twitter brings New Media student on stage with Imogen Heap

Imogen Heap & Janice Wong (cello)Thanks to Twitter, I (Janice Wong - cellist and New Media student at the UvA) was given a great opportunity...
Pleasure and Desire in The Matrix

Pleasure and Desire in The Matrix

The Matrix is often used as an example of several phenomena when it comes to new media analysis. The following fragment for example, the one of the blue and red pill, is...
Excerpts of audiovisual astronomy

Excerpts of audiovisual astronomy

In the first systematic study about movie stardom and its heavy influence on early mass culture, Edgar Morin (1957) argues that during the golden studio-age Hollywood was able to dramatically change the ritual function of the mythical universe: by...
Will Wikipedia end the disregarding of Swedish artist?

Will Wikipedia end the disregarding of Swedish artist?

Swedish singers are often disregarded. They won’t make it out side the Swedish borders. What happened there? Did publicity fall short? Didn’t MTV pick it up? Or is there some other reason why Swedish musicians mostly don’t appear on...
False Predictions of the Future of Social Media

False Predictions of the Future of Social Media

Perhaps it’s my dissatisfaction with social media hypes, and especially the ones that are ignited by marketing guru’s, but I can’t resist the feeling of pseudo science when I read about analyses and predictions about social media on blogs....
Youtube is going live in 3,2,1…

Youtube is going live in 3,2,1…

youtube-g" src="http://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/100913-youtube-g.jpg" alt="" width="75" style="float:left"/> Would you like to watch the latest episodes of Dexter, Entourage or NCIS  on your computer without having to search all sorts of obscure websites? Without the piracy-issue pricking your...