Is It Really Big News That TV Folks Have Discovered The Internet?

from the only-if-to-note-that-it-sure-took-them-long-enough dept

A few weeks ago, there was a lot of buzz around Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, a short series of internet video, created by director Joss Whedon, and using a few well-known actors. We had a ton of people submit it, and the press went nuts over it. While I actually enjoyed the videos, I had a difficult time understanding why this was big news. Plenty of people create online videos -- some more professional than others. About the only thing that could be said for the story was "A few TV people discover the internet... years after everyone else."

And yet, now we're seeing more stories along those lines. The NY Times notes how a bunch of Saturday Night Live writers and cast members spent the summer creating their own comedy short video as well, and the story is basically the same: TV people discover the internet. In both cases, the push wasn't that "hey, the internet is actually a good platform for video" but the silly writers' strike had them bored, so they focused on creating stuff for the internet.

Again, I'm not entirely sure why this is seen as a big deal. TV people recognize what plenty of others have recognized for years, and it's suddenly newsworthy? If anything, the news peg here is that it sure has taken these TV folks a long time to realize that producing content for the internet makes sense.

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    JPong, 13 Aug 2008 @ 5:34am

    Re: I thought the story was..

    Yes, I heard somewhere that this was more of an experiment for him to see what the potential of the internet could be. I am not sure what his expenses were on this but he was the number 1 downloaded T.V. series on iTunes for 3 weeks or something like that. I know I paid for it, despite it being free at Hulu.

    I also know people that pirated it, because Hulu wouldn't let them see it and they couldn't purchase it without a credit card.

    I would be interested in seeing how much Whedon actually spent on it though and its download numbers.

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