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One Year On: A Report

When The Media Show had been in production for about a year, AfterEd TV’s managers asked me to write up a summary of the past year. This was what I wrote, covering production, publicity, and distribution. Note that our take on YouTube and deviantArt has changed in the year since.

Look at the episodes before and after this document. Did we manage to make the appropriate changes? Which parts of this assessment were correct, and which do you think were off-base?


Weekly production may be overrated.

By now, we have a good, if small, core of subscribers on YouTube and followers on Facebook. A large number of our YouTube views come from the subscriber pages. This probably means people are finding us automatically, without being reminded a new episode is up because of what day it is.
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Lesson Resources: Introducing the Intern, Netiquette, What’s In A Flame

There are some unspoken rules of the Internet which ought to be spoken about more often. Our episodes about netiquette and chain mail try to explain why certain behaviors online which may seem harmless actually make using the Internet a lot more unpleasant for others.

You may think chain letters are harmless fun — who could they possibly hurt? You may think they’re irritating, and try to convince people you know not to send them. But did you know some of them are illegal? The US Postal service’s statement on chain letters notes that chain letters which ask participants to send money, promising to return that many times, are a form of gambling, and as such are illegal.

More information on chain letters, the different forms they appear in, why they don’t work, and how they can clog up email systems can be found on this exhaustive page run by a systems administrator at Rutgers University.

Sending email forwards, meanwhile, can have its own disastrous effects. PCWorld has collected some stories about CCing and forwarding gone wrong.

Ever wonder why people “flame” each other online, or why it mostly only happens online? Academic researchers have wondered that too, and they came up with some interesting insights.

For your own edification, or your students’ if you wish, here is The Jargon File’s entry on “Hacker Writing Style.” The Jargon File is a record of the culture of programmers and other early adopters of computers, written by those who have lived it. Eric Raymond maintains this version of the file. This style document introduces ideas like “flaming,” specific netiquette (such all caps writing being equivalent to screaming), and hackerish humor.

Viral video: A “Muppet Bump”?

On November 23, 2009, MuppetsStudio, a YouTube channel associated with the Jim Henson puppetry studio, posted a music video set to the Queen song Bohemian Rhapsody. It was a viral success. Blogs linked to it, people passed it around via Facebook and Twitter, and it got millions of views (over 12 million by the time this was written!).

Curiously, the popularity of the Bohemian Rhapsody video looked to Gus like it was helping The Media Show as well.
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Whoops! – What’s In A Flame?

Sometimes when you’re out on a shoot, things are chaotic and you mess something up in a way that’s not easy to fix. Check out the outdoor and locker room scenes in the What’s In A Flame? episode. They look kinda weird, right? But in a way that makes some sense: it maybe looks like we were trying to make it look like faded tape from an old TV show.

Can you guess why they look that way? The answer is…

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