Monday, April 26, 2010

The Streamys: Rebuild the trust?

This is what the Streamys 2010 should be remembered for - excellence rewarded. Felica Day FTW
EDIT: Added link Derek Housman's tumblr post

These wounds are made for picking
The last two weeks have tested the mettle of many supporters of Web TV, webseries and web communities as a whole. After the events three weeks ago there have been claims and counter-claims across the web. And now there is a new movement afoot. Here are some recommended reads:
A special Tubfilter Editoral from the creators of the Streamys Awards, Drew Baldwin, Brady Brim-DeForest, Joshua Cohen, Marc Hustvedt and Jamison Tilsner
The Manifesto from RebuildTheTrust
A rebuttal from Casey McKinnon, new media creator
@theonetruebix has asked for details about who does what at the IAWTV, Tubefilter and the Streamys
@Jeff_Koenig has asked for clarification on the 'takeover' section of the RebuildTheTrust manifesto
@SpyTap, Barret Garese, speculates on what it all might mean
@kentnichols ( looks at what might happen
Derek Housman adds his take on the situation (thanks to Jeff_Koenig for commenting with this link)

The road to hell is paved with good intentions
My Gran was fond of that saying, usually applied when one or other of us had neglected to do homework, dishes or another decade of the Rosary but really meant to do it very soon.
Most people mean well but the gap between the intention and the result can be - well, very gappy indeed.

Confusion Reigns
I have no idea what is going on.
You have no idea what is going on.
We have no idea what is going on.

All I know is the following:
  • I love me some webseries and have a lot of respect for the creators out there doing their thing
  • I cannot shake the suspicion that money, influence and things unrelated to promoting new media/online entertainment are behind many of the issues being aired in public on both sides
  • Transparency is a good thing as long as it works both ways
  • Change is not always good, or bad
What I hoped the Streamys would be about:
  • Celebrating achievements and efforts of the whole community of creators in the new media space.
  • Promoting online entertainment as an industry to the world as a whole.
  • Showing that creators can come from anywhere - that the quality of the product and the sincerity of the pursuit of the craft is more important than where you live, who you know and the funding you receive.
What I hoped the IAWTV would be about:
  • Setting standards of propriety and openness that the rest of the new media/online entertainment industry could work towards.
  • Building on the efforts of the creators to establish online entertainment as a vibrant and diverse community with common goals, standards and aspirations
  • Organising, or at least setting standards for, outreach, learning and technical workshops for ALL the community
What happens next?
I have no clue. Letting the dust settle seems an appropriate response at this juncture because I have no idea what is really going on. The last three weeks have left me heartsore for all our community. There is more shock and disbelief today. People are trying to do the right thing. It's just a pity that there is no consesus on what that might be.


  1. Agree with you. After posting my "Top 10 Things You Missed at the Streamy Award" and reading what the online community have to say, the online entertainment industry should be respected and respect themselves.

    The Webby Awards is coming up this June and this will be my first time watching/covering it, but I guarantee it is 10 times better than this year's Streamys.

  2. The whole thing makes my brain hurt, and my tummy feel oogy, and my left eye twitch. I miss the good old days, when we just watched cat videos.

  3. Add Derek Housman's thoughts:

  4. Alan: I know what you mean. Really.

    Jeff: Thanks for the link - I've added it to the list.