Thursday, April 13, 2006

Let Me Entertain You

Watch the video

I've got a camera and Videoblogging Week has given me an itch. I've just got to scratch it.

Getting tired of the talking head yet? 


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too many things to say about this issue...

Nicely done.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Headsoff said...

I've never really thought about that connection.. I certainly started with a phobia of cameras in general that I have only partially gotten over in order to appear in my video blog, but I guess I just think my friends are watching and they don't expect me to strip down. Maybe if I were Michael Verdi they would. Then again - if a woman had done what Verdi did in the "Yang of vlogging" it would have come off a very different way, there's very little doubt about that... thanks for the thoughtful post.

6:38 AM  
Blogger Anne Walk said...

hey serra,

can you tell me a little bit about that phobia? what makes you afraid of the camera?

i don't like the camera because it destroys my self perception of me as "girl". because i don't conform to media representations of "girl", i become non-girl.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Mary Beth said...

Anne - thank you for this thoughtful commentary. I honestly hadn't thought about the "entertainment" connection as you put it. I was thinking of it more as, if you're a woman you need to be attractive (which relates to the "entertainment") to the people who are watching you. Before I made my first video I was nervous about not being pretty enough, exposing my double chin and zit pocked face. But then I watched other women vloggers (the few that there are) and those worries faded quickly. I KNOW that I am judged by my looks everyday in life and in vlogging but I had decided to put it aside and do my thing. Seeing you and bshoot talk about these things online has encouraged me to start talking too.
I plan to make a video response to yours, I'll let you know when I post it.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Anne Walk said...

hey mary beth! good for you!! we need to get more women into the vlogosphere and not just as eye candy for "news" shows.

glad that you decided to vlog. hope your cam troubles get remedied. believe me. i know what that's like!

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Appreciate your perspective on the subject.

Not being a woman I never thought of it in that way.

I think your right though, just from my expereince and motivations.

I will try to be a better male for the sake of my gender and maybe in that small way make a differance!

It's a jungle ain't it?

12:08 PM  
Blogger Michael Stein said...

Well, I'm not a woman but the idea of being on camera makes me nervous.

Especially after seeing how well you carry it off. Your conversational, sittin' around the table tone is so comfortable... and you never stumble or start with the "umms" and "you knows." And although you are dealing with an issue around which there can be a lot of anger, you never push your audience away.

I like how your face is exactly framed in the camera's eye. Very intense.

Anyhow, it'll be a while till I try it. Gotta select some equipment first.


3:12 PM  
Blogger B said...

Oh Anne...this is one of the most important vlogs about women I've seen or even thought about making myself. How do you so effortlessly rock?

Being a Women's Studies scholar and activist, I'm no stranger to theories of the male gaze, performativity, and the expectations of women on film. What I love is that it *IS* a part of the vlogging community, and no matter how we try to push back on it, it still happens. What about this one?

Anne, will you email me at We gotta talk about this stuff more. I want to get you on board for my new *log, Modern Feminist. Or can I at least repost this?

I'm stunned. Thank you for ruling my your section of the vlogosphere. I can't wait to hug you at VloggerCon.

6:13 PM  
Blogger Anne Walk said...

hey ZuDfunck,

thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. it is, indeed, a jungle.

thankyou for the fine compliments, michael. it gets easier to be on the camera once you start. if you're alone when you're doing it, it's much easier too. clicking the "send" button can still be hard though! hope you decide to take the plunge. let me know.

hiya killer b! i'd love to participate in anything you've got going on. writing you now...

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think an alternative media movement needs to have diverse perspectives and not just mirror the status quo and the kinds of images of women that we are all used to seeing. I don't think I would have been interesting in vlogging if I hadn't seen ryanne as a "model" of a vlogger: since she is not a typical girly girl spokesperson. I don't particularly enjoy being on camera but I started vlogging because I am interested in seeing more diverse perspectives in media. Vlogging still has a lot of economic walls and drawbacks but it sure is a step further than where television and advertising have gotten us. My hope is that the community (which seems to be in its early stages) is edgy and isn't snowed by pop culture images of the same old same old.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Anne Walk said...

hi jen,

i hope so too. i want to be a part of it and at the same time, i don't want to be an example of a "non-girl" because i, too, am influenced by media representations of women as "girls" and a part of me wants to be that popular representation of what it means to be a "girl".

ryanne is inspiring. you're right. i love her straight forwardness and the honesty with which she addresses us. truth be told, i think she's hot. :)

9:52 PM  

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