Over more of the last few years than I should admit, I’ve been trying to put together a book that summarises and explains what is happening in the space where TV and film meet the Internet. Ever since I got interested in digital video editing, and the potential of online communications, around the same time when studying in New York City at the beginning of the 1990s, I could see something special would happen when the two came together. It took more than a decade for this to achieve some of its full potential, and there’s a whole lot more to come.
The book I’m working on is an attempt to trace and explain how far we’ve travelled, then come up with a few considered predictions of where we might be headed. So now that I’m finally putting my findings about this down in words, whilst I pitch the idea to agents I could keep it all secret until the book finds the right publisher. But the Internet moves too fast for that laborious and painful process, and I really want to see what people think about what I have to say right now. I may alter my arguments in response or change direction entirely. So I’m going to be putting out the chapters of the book that I think are far enough forward to be worth looking at on a dedicated blog.
Let me know what you think, if you feel like it. Or just read any bits that interest you. Or ignore it entirely. It’s up to you. I wanted to put my thoughts out in the wild, though, because this is a topic which has obsessed me for a couple of decades, whilst I busied myself doing various other things for a living. I’m posting these chapters for you to read for free, but this book isn’t meant to be free as in beer. So if you do fancy taking me out for a drink to discuss a publishing contract, mine’s a Kronenbourg!
Chapter 1 can be found here. Read, comment or ignore. Your choice.