Internet Telly, Internet Radio


Over the past couple of years I have been teaching first year university students the history of broadcasting and one of the things that I’m always keen to stress is that, at any given moment in history, nobody really had a clue how the mediums of television and radio would evolve – so who’s to say anybody has a clue where they are headed today?

That being said, I have noticed a definite change in my viewing/listening patters over the past couple of years. I’m not talking about the fact that, rather than subject myself to the mercy of programme schedulers, I now watch catch up with most television and radio via platforms like the BBC iPlayer or SeeSaw; though this is increasingly true of a great many people. No, what I’m trying to express is the fact that a good chunk of the TV and Radio I now experience was never broadcast at all,  but designed specifically for and distributed via the internet.

There is a hell of a lot of good stuff out there produced by dedicated amateurs or, in some cases, dedicated amateurs who have turned professional after their audience has increased to a size able to support them financially. There are chatshows, like Robert Llewelyn’s Carpool, pop-culture review series like That Guy With The Glasses, comedy documentarians such as The Angry Video Game Nerd, as well as quality drama from the likes of The Guild or, on the fan-film front, Star Trek: New Voyages. With his Smodcast Network, film director, Keving Smith, has provided me with enough radio material to fill each day of my week with diverse programming.

I love this democratisation of programme making and distribution; production values vary but literally anybody with a video camera or podcast mic can, in the true Mickey and Judy sense of the phrase, put on a show.  So much, in fact, did I enjoy this trend that  I even launched my own web series, The B-Keeper (which will return at some point, my concerned viewer).

I’m loathe to make predictions here, any study of the history of broadcasting demonstrates that these usually don’t pan out, but I will make an observation. With growing numbers of people turning to this alternate platform of entertainment, there appears to be an influx of cash being pumped in to internet telly and radio. I’d hate to see this opportunity for a new era of programme making overly commercialised so early in the day, but surely it can’t hurt to give a boost to some of the most promising creators out there.

Essentially, this post has been an excuse to post links to some of my favourite web-series. I hope you get something out of them. If so, mission accomplished.

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