Medieval Tech Support

Good News! A McLuhan Moment. Introducing the Book has been reposted on YouTube. I had posted it before but it was removed. Now it’s making the rounds again and I’m glad to see it active. (Surprise: Link here to see a random post from my blog.)

Teaching

I believe it all began when I was facilitating workshops for the VideoWomen group, showing women how to use video equipment, camera, audio, lighting, and basic editing. In those days we were suddenly aware of the role of women in media imagery, so I prepared workshops on that topic as well. It was my first…

Layered Video

Before I had formed VideoWomen, I made a video while at U of C, dealing with women’s issues, etc. Actually it was more of a media experiment. As the tape was erased long ago, I thought it would be fun to describe it here. First, I searched through innumerable films from the U of C…

Telidon: Clunky-Tech from the Government

In the early 80’s I saw samples of the “revolutionary” Telidon system, which was similar to the French Prestel system, that had become part of the French phone company set up. I recall a headline in the New Scientist, “Dial M for Merde” – opening an article on the problems the rural and older French…

Early Reality TV

In the early ’70s, when we were recording ourselves for fun, a few of us recorded a conversation, which we decided we should put on the community channel, the Calgary cable station. No idea what the response was, or if anyone watched it, but there we were, sending our signals through the tv set, in…

Process before Product

In those very early days of video experimentation, the process was all, and the product meant little or nothing to us. We would bathe in the electron beams, and simultaneously watch and record, then watch again. Of course, there was much fun with video feedback as well. How did it start? Doug brought the gear…