Andrew, please. Never feel you ever need to answer the likes of this Verdi character again. If you ever feel a need to set the record straight about Amanda or production or budget matters, heck, just post a handy chart or something. Or do an ep of the Boom about it. When was the last time Brian Williams or Bill O'Reilly put their budgets on the teevee box?
That said, I must offer one critical note: I foolishly clicked on the Verdi links you provided and, after a few minutes, had my wife come in and scratch her fingernails on a nearby blackboard to ease the pain of listening to him. Dude, such linkage should come with a warning label.
I must agree with bobo. This really sort of talk doesn't do any good for anyone unless done in jest or for entertainment. There's no positive insight to be gained here.. Please... I too want to welcome you to Evilvlog.com... either anonymously or as Andrew or however you like. It's to proper forum and foremat for such discussion...
On a side note I hope you don't feel that anything that ryanne or Verdi or anything anyone does is reflective of the whole... I'm afraid that such actions would lead to alienation... but made from within a forum not at a forum these actions might lead to better understanding of your view point.
Case in point Madge of the very successful and esteemed yeast radio leveraged some pretty heavy criticism at mefeedia... but being on evilvlog and part of evilvlog and on the yahoo group where members of mefeedia were present the topic was able to be debated properly instead of just turned into a spectacle... which I'm afraid this might be becoming.
Please come join evivlvog... or perhaps address this on the group if you feel more comfortable with it there. Evivlog was of course meant as a format for a release of pressure in a constructive way.
One final note... also... I don't see this as a personal thing of Michael Verdi's and Ryanne's... I do think in fact you represent opposing viewpoints and both are equally balanced... I realize that being in this space with the likes of only a few competitors like Mobuzz it is hard to find adversaries on the same level... but i'd encourage you to though you've choosen an unconventional path... you are in fact respected for it. As I like to say you started rocketboom you took a shot in the dark of where this was going and stuck with it. I would encourage you now that the market is coming to you... and it is... that perhaps you should seek out more support in peers... anything from mobuzz, to Photoshop TV, to geek TV to G4 Tech TV... even some in the podcasting space. But don't forget us here in the vlogosphere... we're not your enemies it's the same game... just a very big one.
Just want to say that in my view, I think there shouldn't be any argument at all, either way. TV-like or personal. There's room for both. Vlogging is a Format not a Genre (had arguments about comics about this for years), that can be used for anything. There's a place for all of it.
I love your show, but I also love Verdi and Ryanne's videos because, well, because they don't hold anything back, even if they're wrong-their voice at least gets heard. In these days of media consolidation and restrictions on speech that's terribly important.
But I don't think name calling on their side nor your (justified) defensiveness on your side is going to help show what this amazing combination of technologies can do now and in the future.
This is Andrew's blog. I think it is 100% THE most appropriate place for him to speak out about a topic like this. He doesn't need to go anywhere else. Also, I too wish people would just allow others to be a little more... but it seems some folks just can't resist drawing battle lines where there really shouldn't be any at all. Whether or not "they" will ever be able to admit it, it just comes down to painfully obvious insecurity... which is too bad. It would be a lot less evil if we were all in this videoblogging thing together.
I agree with Amanda on some points. Really, I don't see any battle lines. There is some noise on the line, but that's pretty natural in any field. When two guys spend a lot of time talking past each other on the videoblogging yahoogroups, that of course leads to others seeing real or imagined battle lines. Obviously , there is still some noise on the line, seeing how Baron refers to Verdi as "a guy named Michael Verdi".
In the bigger picture, of course we are all in the same field, we are all videobloggers. But surely there are different 'camps' within videoblogging, and it seems pretty obvious, to me at least, that some people want more Show, more scripted comedic news or interesting how-tos, while others just want to share whatever they want, including sleepy eyes at 5 AM in the morning. Both approaches, and others, have their audience.
I really wish there would not be so much angst in this whole field. We may individually dislike this or that genre or style of videoblogging, but we all agree that there is space for all of them, and more.
i have to tell you, as your friend, to try not overreact.
you do that online.
verdi does not hate you, nor does ryanne.
sorry to say this in public, but i'm trying to heal this rift.
there are legitimate disagreements, but let's try
to be respectful of each other moving forward.
let's not assume anyone is out to get you.
i love all you guys, really, and i think we all
want videoblogging to grow and be positive and fun.
this infighting and lashing out is just sad.
bring back the happy please!
Thanks Chuck. I am not really paying much attention to this anymore. Even though in the past I have found that they lash out on me and that yes, I take defense, I'm not really concerned any longer. The only time I have spoken up against Verdi's ideas, not him, if you'll read again, would be to simply set the record straight because, in this case, he was wrong to suggest that Amanda does not know what is going on. Now that I have had the opportunity to lay down the facts, I dont care if they continue to go forth bashing.
Any yes, I think with regards to the financial models, that's right: It's so scaleable. Obviously our time is worth more than $25/day, and our bandwidth is not that much for the reach, what more? As noted by experts in the field, the cost is negligible for the value at hand, and growing.