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Video journalism on news sites? No thanks.

Many news sites (Yahoo, BBC) and entire entertainment sites (YouTube) appear to be founded upon the idea that is the future.

Apparently we all want to sit, slack mouthed and drooling, watching people doing whatever it is they want to do on video.

Uh, no.

Sure, some people react very well to video, and some on the autistic spectrum can understand things on video that they cannot understand when the same idea is spoken by a human in the same room. But what about those of us who are mentally blind to picture stimuli on a screen?

I can't watch a video and type at the same time. I can just about listen to a vocal or audio presentation and take notes. At University, I was either looking at my lecturer demonstrating whatever it was, or I was noting down that said item had been demonstrated. I couldn't look and take at the same time. It's slightly easier taking notes when typing, because looking at a screen I can also look at the words as I'm typing them.

Death by PowerPoint is a thing. Because some people just CAN'T cope with stimulation from a presentation or a video AND take notes on it at the same time. Hence they adopt the slack jawed, dribbling stereotypical pose, their eyes glaze over and they fall asleep.

I can only listen to music or classical channels when I'm writing articles, because or puts me off. When I was younger I would fall asleep with the rolling news channel on in the background because I could hear what was being said and did not need to look. Just like a radio station.

So where does that leave my friends who are impaired? Hearing aid wearers may not be able to hear speech on a video clearly. If it is not subtitled, they will need a transcript. My single-sided-deaf friend has great problems in a noisy environment, because all the noise around causes her to lose concentration on the person she's talking to. My double-hearing-aid wearing friend takes them out in noisy places, because she reckons she has a better chance of lip reading than hearing me.

Personally, I prefer to listen than watch. I'd also rather read than listen to someone pontificating on something on a video. So if you expect me to take notes, give me an audio feed or a written article. Do NOT expect me to watch a video, because it just won't happen.

Originally posted 'elsewhere' at 22:41 BST on Tuesday 8 September 2015. Sank without trace so posting it here in the hope of getting some kind of response!

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LeaPea2417 wrote on November 14, 2015, 1:44 PM

I agree, I can't watch a video and type something at the same time.

Kasman wrote on November 14, 2015, 1:45 PM

And yet a picture is worth a thousand words! I understand your point in that not everyone can assimilate video or still images well but it has been shown many times that information is more effectively processed by most people if presented in an image form rather than just plain text( http :// goo . gl / jLePDg - and check the sources given). This is why video content is so prevalent and is also the reason people watch television. The value of the information so assimilated is, however, open to question but doesn't change the argument!

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Rufuszen wrote on November 14, 2015, 2:30 PM

Like Kasman , I see where you're coming from. I quite enjoy mixing pictures and video and have been experimenting with combing PP articles with a short vid, on Youtube. I also like to write to music, Classic FM is the station I use most, but a 70s and Radio 4 (speech) get a good look in. I not sure how I work it, but there are times, like now, that I have the TV on. Division of attention was something my previous job taught me.

WordChazer wrote on November 14, 2015, 2:40 PM

A still picture can illustrate any article. Most pieces I write here have a photo. Every blog post I write on my own site does. Several still pictures or photographs are often used - the BBC has one montage tonight of the aftermath of the Paris attacks yesterday. On the other hand, I read the Guardian because of the 'longread' articles they publish. They are illustrated with up to 10 photographs but there are several thousand words also. What annoys me are the 100 word summaries and then a video. No transcript. I cannot run videoplaying/Flash software at work as it has been blocked except for work training videos. Without a transcript what could be an interesting article to me is clicked off straight away as being useless. Same on my phone. I will not use my data allowance for videos. WRITE IT. TYPE WORDS ALREADY. Grrr...being talked at is Not Good.

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WordChazer wrote on November 14, 2015, 2:57 PM

I'm a Classic FM fan rufuszen . I can mix pictures and words or videos and words myself as a writer. But what bugs me is when sites have ONLY video and no transcription, or a video with 100 words in summary - and no link to the script of the video. Partly what I'm getting at is the accessibility thing, where my Deaf friends cannot access the same content as my physically challenged friends, for instance. But also for people who don't want to use their data allowance running videos on their app, where a transcript should be available, or those of us with restrictive work internet access codes who cannot access video because their IT department has decided it is too dangerous. I used to be able to write and watch TV at the same time. but that was only when I was commenting in forums or chatrooms. I can't write articles and listen to speech, vocals or TV at the same time. I gave up trying to type a decent email to a colleague last week and merely informed her that the minutes were attached, because two other colleagues were talking behind me and I can't think of what's on the screen and tune out the chatter as well.

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cmoneyspinner wrote on November 14, 2015, 2:59 PM

Would love to have the variety of to choose from like what can be found via or other similar video services WITH the convenience of just turning it on like you do with the television. There are many things I can find on YouTube that are never aired on TV even if you have a cable or satellite TV subscription. But when I watch TV vary rarely is the transmission interrupted. Often times when on YouTube, the video glitches. So annoying. I'm trying to relax and enjoy myself. Not be annoyed by glitching videos.

LOL. Love your final comment. :) Seriously? You can't find it anywhere??? At least you know it wasn't stolen or plagiarized.

WordChazer wrote on November 14, 2015, 3:00 PM

I find it very difficult these days to have visuals to watch and something different to write. It's almost like patting your head and rubbing your stomach - and I can't do that eother. Talking NOTES on the video is OK, as long as everything I am supposed to take note of is spoken rather than being some weird table or graph, mind. Not that I will pay JS to the visuals if I'm taking notes...

wolfgirl569 wrote on November 14, 2015, 3:01 PM

I have trouble typing or writing when someone is talking to me, but can ignore other types and still write.

WordChazer wrote on November 14, 2015, 3:29 PM

No, it's nowhere to be found. It had no views, no comments and no likes or shares either in the original format. I ran a Copyscape Pro check both before and after I deleted it, and nothing was shown. (I think that says more about the site where it was posted originally than the quality of my writing!)

DWDavisRSL wrote on November 14, 2015, 3:54 PM

I tire quickly of videos unless they are very engaging. I have to use video often in my classroom as today's students are much more visual than the students of old. I try to combine the video, my lecturing (which I keep as brief and make as entertaining as possible), and their reading assignments in ways that best enhance their learning and retention.

WordChazer wrote on November 14, 2015, 4:42 PM

You're lucky! I can't even remember how I managed to drive to work every day without being terminally distracted by the local radio station's breakfast show's nattering.

WordChazer wrote on November 14, 2015, 4:57 PM

Thank you, sir. I thought it was just me who considered the modern youth to be too videocentric. It's good to have a professional's view on this! Back in my school days, if we were shown a video, it was considered to be a substitute for a real teaching class, or maybe a supplement to one. Perhaps shown as a relaxation at the end of term, while still being a learning resource. For instance, I remember seeing the film version of A Merchant of Venice while we were studying the text, and also A Man for All Seasons in video format when we were learning about that era of UK history> That is actually quite a memorable film, even for someone who isn't into visual portrayals.

wolfgirl569 wrote on November 14, 2015, 7:19 PM

Glad you made it every time safely then. I have caught myself typing what hubby was saying to me before lol

RuthCox wrote on November 15, 2015, 12:14 PM

I have to agree to reading the written word being my preference, although the inclusion of images and a video or two is fine, as long as it compliments the story rather than taking over the article.

WordChazer wrote on November 15, 2015, 1:23 PM

At least it's not just me, RuthCox ! And with that I'm off to peruse my net friend's Feng Shui site and write about the latest collections she has created for Christmas gifts.

RuthCox wrote on November 15, 2015, 3:26 PM

That sounds interesting so I hope to read all about it soon!

WordChazer wrote on November 15, 2015, 6:27 PM

It's on my blog now - RainbowChazer's Reviews.