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May 16, 2006
Salon's Video Dog
A collegue last night emailed around a video from Salon's Video Dog service of the BBC accidentally interviewing a cabbie who happened to be in the studio instead of the expert they'd lined up to talk about Apple's recent victory in court over the Beatles.
I spoke with Salon's Joan Walsh last week about Video Dog, which is designed to be an edgy filter that brings together a mix of publicly submitted videos and snippets of videos culled from the cable news and talk shows.
Video Dog, dreamed up by Salon's Heather Havrilesky and Kerry Lauerman, is now the second most popular feature on Salon. Traffic reached a new high of 1.3 million daily page views early this month when Video Dog dished up a snippet of Stephen Colbert's press corps speech.
Walsh says they considered the service a test when it was launched in December. What they try to do is balance commentary with a selection of lively clips--to provide a voice and a filter for the explosion of video out there. And they're even talking with producers about Video Dog into a TV show.
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You didn't do your homework. There is a significant backlash against Salon and Havrileski in particular for racist, misanthropist prose.
Here are some quotes from her recent featured article:
"...that certainly doesn't mean you have the resources to haul your ass to Namibia or some such impoverished, Godforsaken foreign land where people don't have a second bathroom or adequate storage space and there are these nasty little flies everywhere that really love to land right on your lips and the corners of your eyes. Even armed with a week's supply of anti-bacterial wipes, it would be sketchy to sally forth among such people, let alone hug and embrace them and take some of them home with you, so they might finally know what a Cuisinart 7-Cup Capacity Food Processor looks like"
"...that's when I want you to consider that mob of hungry third-world peoples, poking each other's eyes out for a sip of your melted sickly sweet coffee drool."
"Yeah, guys who can't stand to be upstaged, guys who need their tiny little egos stroked in the long, tedious, exhausting fashion you'll soon be stroking their tiny little... "
"Forget that they're men who shouldn't bother approaching her anyway, since she'd likely find their weak knees and sweaty palms and intimidated, demeaning remarks unappealing. "
Posted by: Salon Reader at June 18, 2006 01:54 PM