Video overwhelms the Web. And it should.
There is plenty of evidence to suggest that the Internet, at one time the plumbing that connected pages of text and occasional images, is rapidly transforming itself to be a network of video publishing and viewing.
At first glance, this seems quite terrible.
But in fact the emergence of the Video Web is critically important, intellectually exciting, and entirely inevitable.
There are historic reasons why we fear video. For most of us who grew up on Batman, or Gilligan’s Island, or Charlies Angels, we’ve known that TV was at best junk food… and at worst, a cognitive cancer.
In recent years, television has become far less benign, filling hours with a grim view of our world with programs like Fear Factor, Big Brother, or the Jersey Shore. As television increasingly dominates our leisure and screen time, it has continued to spiral down toward base human fears and car-wreck peeping tom voyeurism.
When it came along in 2005, YouTube could have been viewed as an accelerator of this trend toward trivial amusement and video junk food. Certainly, squirrels on skate boards didn’t qualify as hight art.
But Web video isn’t television. It’s something else entirely. And in the past 5 years, from 2005 to 2010, as Web video has moved to become the fastest growing and most prevalent form of traffic emerging on the Web, something else happened.
Web video abandoned TV.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/web-video-is-the-new-television-2010-9#ixzz1SRODYEag