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Actresses (was Re: RocketBoomSucks

By M. Sean Gilligan | "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...> | M_Sean_Gilligan
November 20, 2004 | Post #1881 | Topic #1830

>--- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, "M. Sean Gilligan" ><seanlist@m...> wrote: > >> This "corporate feel" is, I think, a result of having a professional >actress reading a script, and in the blog community we expect >individual voices. > > >I haven't seen Rocketboom yet, You should look at a few of their posts to understand what I am saying in context. ;-) > Why can't a professional actress be an >individual with her own things to say? I'm not saying it can't happen. (There seems to be no shortage of Hollywood actresses with their own silly things to say...) In the case of Rocketboom, Amanda is reading from a script and it is definitely not her own voice. (Andrew has acknowledged this, at least to some extent.) My criticism is constructive and I'm suggesting that they let us hear Amanda's "own voice" and, also, Andrew's and Josh's or whomever else is involved. I can't help but think of Tina Fey, who is one of the main writers for SNL and is a "news anchor" on the SNL "Weekend Update" sketch. > Just because she manages a >smoother delivery than those who are not professionally-trained, she's >automatically suspected of being a corporate stooge? Yep. There's smooth delivery and then there's the talking-and-smiling-at-the-same-time-with-bleached-teeth thing which goes beyond smooth. Andreas, do they do *that* in Denmark? >Some people consider it more "authentic" and "immediate" to throw up >text onto a blog or webpage without benefit of standard spelling, >grammar, or punctuation. <shrug> Everyone's got the right to do that >if they like, but I personally consider it lazy writing and a >discourtesy to the reader. I agree with you completely on this one. > Similarly, it is easier to take in the >point someone's trying to make in a video when you're not distracted >by shaky camera work, hems and haws, annoying voice mannerisms, or >whatever I agree with you here, better production is always better. But I'm willing to cut amateur videobloggers a lot more slack on video production than I am on writing. It's reasonable to expect people to check their spelling, but doing video is hard and most of us weren't taught how to do it in high school. > (another reason I don't feature myself in my videos!). Does >good delivery make your point less valid or authentic than anyone >else's point? Not when it really is *your* point. -- Sean -- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Sean Gilligan http://msgilligan.blogspot.com ---------------------------------------------------------------------------