Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Scope change towards UK video

I am starting to look at UK online video. This blog has not been updated much, partly because US discussion on Iraq has been less depressing. Not that the opposition to Bush policy has had any effect on what is happening. Just that the media are more or less including something reasonable.

Dan Froomkin continues to do an excellent job. His recent coverage includes the investigation of the US Attorney General including analysis of White House briefings. We have an Attorney General here in the UK. Maybe reporting on him would gain from looking at a US example.

The only criticism of Dan Froomkin i have found is that he is too easily shocked. Brad DeLong may have a low opinion of journalists but i think Froomkin is right to start out with high expectations. The people with access to the White House have the potential to do an excellent job.

Meanwhile there has been a transition to video, at least according to Jeff Jarvis. He has started to include more video links on Buzzmachine and has opened Prezvid to cover the 2008 election through online video. In a column for the Guardian he looked at the UK story so far and I was struck by a comment that the Iraq issue is one factor in discouraging Labour politicians from entering an open conversation as would be necessary in an open video blog.

So the next post will try to find UK video already available.


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