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I am happy to report that the University of Minnesota IRB Human Subjects Committee has approved my plans to interview vidders and vidwatchers! So, beginning this summer, I will be conducting interviews (in person when possible, but also by email or phone).

I'm interested in interviewing anybody who's willing to talk to me, including people who feel, or have felt in the past, that they don't (yet) know enough about vids to talk about them, who want to be able to leave substantive feedback about vids but sometimes have trouble doing so, etc. That is, I am not specifically looking for "expert opinions" on vids; I just want to talk to fans about their experiences making and/or watching vids, and especially about how they learned to make and/or watch vids.

My goal is to use these interviews to think about vidding and vidwatching as literacy practices. I'll be posting more about this idea in the next few weeks, but here's the short version:

Of course, the short version is still four paragraphs long... )

Please note: I am not yet formally asking for interview volunteers; I will do that in a separate post. But I welcome any and all comments, and I am happy to answer any questions either about my interview plans or about this research more generally.

ETA: I've now posted a call for interview volunteers.
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Back when I first started writing in this LJ, I mentioned that I was interested in vids not only as a narrative theorist and rhetorical theorist but as a teacher and scholar of writing. Most of my posts so far have focused on narrative; in the next few posts, I want to write about what I see as the points of connection between vidding (and vidwatching) and composition studies.

more about vids and composition )

Most of the vidders I've seen write about their processes have suggested that the song is the catalyst for the vid as a whole, the thing that snaps a vid idea into focus: there's a sort of free-floating desire to vid a particular show or character or relationship or idea, and then wham, Perfect Song, Must Vid! But I know I've also seen vidders write about coming up with an idea and looking for a song to fit that idea--I'm pretty sure [livejournal.com profile] obsessive24 has written about this somewhere, although I can't find the link--and that approach would be a really important contrast to discuss, since I absolutely don't want to homogenize vidders' processes; I'm interested in finding and examining patterns, but not at the expense of complexity and variety.


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