October 20, 2006

Ann and Dan!

Hey! It's me and Dan Drezner on Bloggingheads TV!

ADDED: I just watched it. I wish we'd coordinated our head sizes and lighting. How discordant is that for you? But I like the flow of the discussion. We start out talking about Hugo Chavez's thwarted quest for a seat on the U.N. Security Council, and then we head into the subjects of free speech on campus, virtual reality, reality TV, blogging, and the upcoming elections. It was really cool talking to Dan. I assume you read his blog, but let me point you there anyway.

19 comments:

Simon said...

I have a question: who sets the agenda for bloggingheads? Because it certainly seems as though there is a pre-agreed list of topics to discuss, so is it decided by email beforehand, or do you just kind of get on camera and spar back and forth on the events of the week?

Dale B said...

Very interesting discussion on a nice variety of topics.

The video was awful. It had to much compression and was so herky-jerky that it was painful to watch. OTOH, even if the video would have been perfect it still would have been a waste of bandwidth. There is no useful information in the video. It's all in the audio.

It would have been better if it was just an mp3. That way I can listen to it on my MP3 player whenever I want instead of being trapped in the room with my computer.

Dan needs to learn to stop saying "you know."

Simon said...

Daniel's point is right, by the way, that all the best blogs are idiosyncratic. His is, and so is this one. Dale - given that they briefly discuss how video is goiung to kill the blogging star, that's an amusing point. ;)

Dale B said...

On swearing kids. Anyone who starts swearing and shouting at me just tells me that they're an ignorant twit. That person just lost me and the argument. I also know that I can safely ignore them from now on.

I spent seven years in the Navy and have been sweared at, and chewed-out by, the best. These kids are a bunch of candy-ass, pompous, pampered, jerks. Emotion without thought is a wasted effort. I left the Navy and went to the university to get away from that garbage.

I was annoyed to find the same foolishness at the university. I was even more disappointed at how bad they were at it.

Fenrisulven said...

Democrat Spies on the House Intelligence Committee During Time of War.

"The unidentified staff member is Larry Hanauer, FOX News learned Friday. Chairman Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., suspended Hanauer earlier this week and won't allow him access to classified information until a review can be completed, said Jamal Ware, Hoekstra's spokesman."

Maxine Weiss said...

Who's wearing more make-up? Hard to tell.

Peace, Maxine

Daryl Herbert said...

I agree that Dan needs to cut back on the You Knows.

I will add another imbalance to Ann's list: the voice volumes.

Daryl Herbert said...

Today when I looked at it, I thought they had misspelled "divalog"

Apparently it's been "diavlog" all along. Imagine my disappointment.

Ann Althouse said...

Simon: We select five or six topics beforehand and put them in order, but we feel free to bring in unplanned topics, to change the order, or to drop things. For example, in this one, it wasn't planned to talk about reality television and we moved up the subject of Stephen Bainbridge when it fit in.

Dale: I'm not actually saying I like people swearing, just that the campus environment, if it doesn't have quite a few young people swearing at each other, is not a vital enough free speech forum. I'm critical of administrators who try to create a "respectful" atmosphere.

Goatwhacker said...

I liked the video format. It's much easier to pick up nuances when you're able to watch facial expressions and, to some extent, body language. An mp3 would miss a lot, and a transcript even more.

The differences in volume, head size, lighting, etc, were fairly easy to ignore. The main problem I have with vlogging is that it's tough to multitask while watching.

Zeb Quinn said...

His thesis that as a good Repub he's voting against the Repubs to punish them for their excesses and to send them a message is akin to a man who discovers that his wife is slowly poisoning him by sprinkling arsenic on his food deciding that an affair with a trollip who says right up front that she intends to strap him down and mainline the aresenic straight into his arteries will punish his wife and send her a message.

I would've thought that a young man of Drezner's credentials would have a little more heft than to indulge that sort of reasoning. Either that, or he's really not all that much of a Repub, something you gently alluded to, Ann.

Goatwhacker said...

Hmmm, I actually agreed with Drezner, especially in his comment that gridlock is better than what we have now. The GOP has forgotten why we voted for them in 1994 and will not remember until they actually have lost something. I look at it as sometimes you have to take a step back in order to move forward.

As far as my not being much of a Republican - I'm not. I'm a small government fiscal conservative, something the GOP has ceased to be. The Democrats are just as bad, but as I said gridlock should be an improvement.

A Menken Moment said...

Dan seems to be a bit more in focus than you. Is that a function of the web cameras you use? Or how close to the camera each of you is sitting? ...

Dale b raises a good point. Audio transmits the information. The point of video, I guess, is to give us a good sense of who is offering the information, but blurry images don't help.

Jack Wayne said...

You assume wrong. I can't stomach Drezner's drivels.

A Menken Moment said...

I enjoy the squirrel blogs too. They give me the sense that you are a real person dealing with minor nuisances that have their funny sides.

Ann Althouse said...

Menken: My iSight camera doesn't give a crisp picture. It's more meant for casual iChats. I'm thinking of getting a separate video camera, but it's hard to figure out what to buy.

Palladian said...

Drezner's kind of cute.

Not that you aren't, Ann, but you know where my interests lie...

I think one of the problems with the iSight is the light. Your images seem a bit washed out and overexposed- the ones from your office seem clearer and the colors more normal. Maybe try changing your lighting a bit?

Anon Y. Mous said...

I think Dan had the right idea sitting back in a comfortable chair. Not only was a he better length away from the camera, but because he seemed more relaxed. There were a few times you changed position and leaned into the camera where I actually felt intimidated. Since I'm not a UW student, I guess I'll have to forgo any complaint. :)

You had the better costume and set, though. Dan had too many earth tones going on, while you had the dark outfit against the lighter background, as well as some interesting colors in that wall hanging.

Ann Althouse said...

About the light: in the office there's a ceiling full of fluorescents. At home, it's hard to get enough light at night to film. Normal light comes out the way Dan had it. I assembled a couple lights and tested it at different levels before I picked that.