"Eighteen-year-old Sadie Benning recorded thoughts and images, from 1989-92, of her nascent lesbianism with the help of a Fisher Price Pixelvision camera. Portrays the space of Sadie's bedroom, scrawled notes, and defiant expressions which mark her confessional, in-your-face style."
(Duke University Libraries)
Sadie Benning (1990). 'If Every Girl Had a Diary', video (black and white, sound), 8 min. Purchase. © 2011 Sadie Benning. Courtesy Video Data Bank
"DailyBooth is one big conversation about your life, through pictures. We're a community of self expression. We connect people to their friends in real-time through the use of pictures, exciting blurbs, and conversation starting picture comments."
Fig.1 Carlinn (Superficial Girls)
"It began with a lonely girl reaching out to the world from her bedroom. lonelygirl15 flipped on her webcam on June 16th, 2006, and in the course of a few short months millions rallied around her cry for help. Her parents followed a strange religion, the Hymn of One, and were preparing lonelygirl15, Bree, for a mysterious ceremony. With the help of her friend Daniel, and a passionate community of online friends, Bree exposed the true nature of her parent's religion, and fled for her life."
[lonelygirl15 exploits the YouTube 'video response' feature. In doing so it enables multiple independent video clips to be associated with each other to form a single interactive narrative 'web series'.]
"[Melody] Oliveria created what's known on the Internet as a 'viral video' - something that spreads as fast as the flu and gets talked about just as much. Some viral videos are goofy; some are just strange. But an increasing number are of average people talking about products they like. It's the ultimate word of mouth.
'A lot of people who saw that video probably thought you were working for Logitech,' Hughes asked Oliveria. 'Some people asked me if I was working for them, figuring I was being paid for it, but I wasn't,' she said.
But after Oliveria's viral video explosion, sales of Logitech webcams more than doubled on Amazon.com.
That gets the attention of marketers, who last year spent [USD] $12 billion on Internet advertising - up 30 percent from the year before. This was an advertisement that got results … for free.
'There's that old phrase, if you can't beat them, join them. Well, marketers are trying to join them quite desperately,' says new media consultant Joseph Jaffe."
(John Kreiser, 4 August 2006)
"Traditionally Indian documentary has emphasised the collective rather than the individual and thus has eschewed personal perspectives. As Tom Waugh has characterised it, the Indian documentary tradition overwhelmingly favoured the didactic social documentary in the Griersonian mode; such a documentary approach was prevalent during the first four decades after independence in 1947. In the 80s, Indian documentarists moved towards the direct cinema style prevalent in the West in the 60s, adopting its realist aesthetic and reliance on interviews while continuing to retain Greirsonian voice-over narration. However, as Waugh points out, in contrast to Western documentaries - emphasis on individual protagonists, Indian films relied on the collective in representing its subject, including the collective interview. In place of the private home was the street. Waugh contextualises this formal aspect of documentary in the cultural, political, and economic imperatives of a post colonial society. Within this social formation and political orientation, the group rather than the individual and public spaces rather than private ones become the primary sites of political discourse and cultural expression."
Kapur, J. (2003). 'Why the personal is still political - some lessons from contemporary Indian documentary.'Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media 23.