The Aesthetics of Online Videos

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Special Issue for Film Criticism
contact email: 
groening@uw.edu

Scholarship on online videos often focuses on digitalization, user interfaces, and/or the phenomenon of peer-to-peer sharing. While such issues (and related matters of cultural globalization, the amateur/professional divide, and alternative forms of distribution) are certainly relevant to studying online videos, these approaches tend to foreground social impacts over aesthetic analysis. This special issue of Film Criticism seeks essays that turn attention to formal and stylistic aspects that have been downplayed in the analysis of online videos. Examining online videos as cultural artifacts worthy of aesthetic analysis and interpretation, this issue invites contributions from a range of methodological and theoretical approaches. As a whole, the issue seeks work that engages online videos as aesthetic objects, considering visual and sound style, without losing sight of the electronic, digital, and online context of this form.

Potential topics may include (but certainly are not limited to):

• Animal videos (e.g., viral videos, unedited/streaming nature documentaries)
• Ubiquitous “social videos” (e.g., on Vine, Facebook, Buzzfeed, Metacafe, Vimeo)
• Online video poetics (historical development in form, style, production practice)
• Online video genres (documentary, drama, sports, news, music, etc.)
• Web original series, webisodes, online video channels
• Aesthetics of online video conferencing, TED talks, interviews
• Political, advocacy, and other forms of persuasive videos
• Political mash-ups
• Online video activism
• Online promotional culture (e.g., trailers, promos, “bonus” videos, choose your ending ads, branded videos, sponsored videos, product or service demos)
• ‘Haul,’ ‘unboxing’ and other shopping videos
• Web original series, webisodes and online video channels
• Online music videos (as well as parodies, remixes, amateur ‘covers’ etc)
• Amateur and fan videos (mash-ups, spoilers, covers, etc.)
• Recycling (online clips and highlights from film and television)
• Video blogs (vlogs), lifecasting, YouTube celebrity videos/sites
• Shock and/or Stunt videos (parkour, pet tricks, etc.)
• Videos of video gameplay
• How-to videos
• Virtual Tours
• Experimental/avant-garde videos
• Gifs

Send 500 word proposals along with a brief 100 word CV to Stephen Groening at groening@uw.edu by November 15 2014

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
film_and_television
journals_and_collections_of_essays