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One of the problems with video is that unless you host it yourself, and the bandwidth charges are then enormous, you at the mercy of the provider. And like the Open Source movement there is now stirrings of an Open Data intitiative. If you put it up on sites like Google and especially YouTube they may not be secure or persistent. Where your data is hosted or kept in the Web 2.0 world is an increasingly important issue. The online video explosion in the last 12 months has been similar to the napster phenomenon. Reading Convergence Culture by Henry Jenkins makes it clear that media is a cultural phenomenon and that techno solutions and delivery mechanisms are, at best, transient. There are at least 15 YouTube clones out there in web 2.0 wonderland at the moment and a big shakeout is imminent. I am writing the Video resources chapter of the Second Coming of Age book on Education web 2.0. The rise of YouTube in particular is interesting because it definitely qualifies as a community congregating and interacting around what Jenkins calls an "affinity space" where informal knowledge building occurs. Because filming, transcoding and uploading video has become seamlessly easy the more cultural dynamics of grassroots involvement in media have come into play - whereas before, cable channles were fairly parochial now video has gone global. This has, naturally, attracted the mainstream media notably the Lonelygirl15 phenomenon recently. As Jenkins points out :

"The power of grassroots media is that is diversifies; the power of broadcast media is that it amplifies. That's why we should be concerned with the flow between the two: expanding the potentials for participation represents the greatest opportunity for cultural diversity."

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