You know how we were promised a future that never showed up? Well, that’s because we were actually working instead on a future where virtually everything that got published for public consumption – particularly video – would end up on one or more social media sites for the perusal of all. And we have that future, only not everybody’s really thought through the implications yet.
Still… since the technology has changed, so must professional habits. For example: in this post’s comments section it’s suggested that the reason why the increasingly infamous Joe Soptic is apparently wearing the same shirt in two supposedly separate videos is because the same people did the filming and provided a shirt picked for its emotional message. Not being an expert in projecting meaning via subtle visual cues, I have no way to assess whether such things actually work – but I do know this: if you’re a filmmaker working on the assumption that critics can’t easily compare two video clips, and easily present that comparison to the public, you’re running a huge risk of being burned.
Hey, I’m sure that the people who did illustrated manuscripts had a lot of trenchant criticism of moveable type, too.