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uncle ebeneezer
12-11-2008, 03:29 PM
Hey everyone, just curious, where do you go for online videos of news-related stuff?

Example: I want to watch Obama's press conference from today 12/11, in full. AP, Yahoo etc. have links to excerpts, but most of them are incomplete. Youtube usually gets videos up pretty quick but sometimes the search mechanism makes things difficult (if you don't know the date that you're looking for.) Bloggingheads has been a pretty good homebase for much of the videos I want to see, and blogs like Yglesias, Ezra etc. often have what I'm looking for. But sometimes things happen after they have closed shop for the night and I don't feel like waiting till the following morning.

nikkibong
12-11-2008, 03:55 PM
try c-span.org

(or get a life)

. . . just kidding

bjkeefe
12-11-2008, 04:30 PM
Hey everyone, just curious, where do you go for online videos of news-related stuff?

Example: I want to watch Obama's press conference from today 12/11, in full. AP, Yahoo etc. have links to excerpts, but most of them are incomplete. Youtube usually gets videos up pretty quick but sometimes the search mechanism makes things difficult (if you don't know the date that you're looking for.) Bloggingheads has been a pretty good homebase for much of the videos I want to see, and blogs like Yglesias, Ezra etc. often have what I'm looking for. But sometimes things happen after they have closed shop for the night and I don't feel like waiting till the following morning.

If you're asking about the very latest: During the campaign, I had good luck with the live streams of C-SPAN, MSNBC, and CNN. See here (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2008/09/streaming-tonights-debate.html) and here (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2008/11/for-tv-deprived.html) for links and a few notes.

All of these sites' live stream pages have a lot of other suggested content for recent news, too. So, even if you're not looking for the live stream, the links listed in the above should get you close.

For anything that's already happening, I find the Google works well enough, either through the News option or the video (pulldown under "more") option. Variation: just add the keyword video to the other keywords that you're looking for.

I don't have a huge amount of experience in this, because I usually prefer to read my news, but maybe some of this will help.

uncle ebeneezer
12-11-2008, 04:59 PM
try c-span.org

(or get a life)

Better be careful. Them's fightin' words.

I had good luck with the live streams of C-SPAN,

TwinSwords
12-13-2008, 12:12 PM
If I want to watch whole programs of Meet the Press or This Week, I do so that the MSNBC or ABC News web sites. C-SPAN.org is good, if what you want to watch was broadcast on one of their 3 channels. Google Video is useful.

But the vast majority of the video I watch is on YouTube. The key is

(1) Set up your own channel.
(2) Subscribe to channels (http://www.youtube.com/user/tpmtv) that (http://www.youtube.com/user/bravenewfilms) post (http://www.youtube.com/user/VOTERSTHINKdotORG) the (http://www.youtube.com/user/AtGoogleTalks) kinds (http://www.youtube.com/user/TheRealNews) of (http://www.youtube.com/user/AlJazeeraEnglish) videos (http://www.youtube.com/user/uctelevision) that (http://www.youtube.com/user/CSPANJUNKIEdotORG) you (http://www.youtube.com/user/heathr456) want (http://www.youtube.com/user/HotlineTV) to (http://www.youtube.com/user/LiberalViewer) watch (http://www.youtube.com/user/barelypolitical).
(3) Keep your eye on your Subscriptions page to see what is available.

The only probem is that it can take a long time to build up a good list of subscriptions so that your Subsriptions page stays full of interesting things to watch.


Listening to Music on the Radio vs. CDs
Here's a thought: Listening to a CD is nice because you can listen to a whole album of good songs by a favorite artist. But it lacks variety and surprise. The radio can be a nice alternative because you never know what they are going to play. The element of surprise and the variety are radio's big selling points (IMO).

The YouTube option I've described above is like that. If you know exactly what you want to watch, you can often find it via Google Video or at one of the sites (MSNBC, C-SPAN) listed above. But if you want to be surprised, go to your YouTube subscription page and see what people are posting. Once you have a good list of subscriptions, it's always fun to look over the daily list to see what kind of interesting, unexpected videos have been posted.


YouTube Helps You Find Good Stuff
YouTube is also cool because it uses keyword matching to display links to related videos, so once you have found a video you enjoy, you might also find a bunch of links to more video of the same kind.

YouTube recently implemented an Amazon-like "Recommended for You" page that bases recommendations on your recent activity. I recently got into a debate in the comments with someone over there about the US Civil War, and whether the South were the victims or the aggressors. Ever since, the "Recommendations Page" has been giving me links to white supremacist/take back the south/Aryan crap -- LOL.


Teh Crazy
But that brings me to my final point: YouTube is fascinating because it's a window into the tortured soul of the human race. There are a LOT of crazy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ErmDcywCT8&feature=channel_page) people (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3fGT-0V81g&feature=channel_page) on YouTube. It's fascinating to watch their videos in the same way it might be fascinating to study the mentally insane (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFmJmaAekJw&feature=channel_page).

TwinSwords
12-13-2008, 12:30 PM
Mr. Keefe just reminded me of this in another thread (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=99164#post99164), but other good sites for video are:

Frontline
Bill Moyers Journal

We should also have a thread for good podcast sites.

bjkeefe
12-13-2008, 04:19 PM
Thanks for those YouTube channel links, Twin. I do subscribe to some of them already, but others are new to me.

Now, could I ask you for a few more hours to be added to my day? ;^)