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August 06, 2006

Ze Frank Sportsracers: Any Questions for the Podcast?

Heather Green

I am interviewing Ze Frank of The Show video blog tomorrow for my Cutting Edge podcast. I planned to ask him about copyright and the debate about using YouTube versus other video sharing services. Anything else you think I should ask?

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Heather,

You started to ask him this in the first installment but got sidetracked: I remain curious about his production. Does he use tools to jumpcut himself? Does he record the same spiel 5 times and then edit? If he does that, doesn't the spiel change? What fills those 3.5 hours? The work shows off. I'm curious to know what all the work is that gives him his unique look.

I'd also like to hear him on ad and revenue models. Clearly, he wouldn't do this if it wouldn't pay off. So how will it? I'd love to hear nitty gritty on his views of advertising but also hear how this has affected his brand and career: Is he going Hollywood?

Posted by: Jeff Jarvis at August 6, 2006 11:02 AM

Since you are already on the tech policy tip and being a tech policy guy, I'm struck by the incremental movements toward the regulation of Internet content -- especially video. Two big examples: The EU's "Television Without Frontiers" proposed revision which could treat any "broadcast" content with the same rules as over the airwaves TV. And, in Australia, there is a similar push after something explicit was shown at 4am during Big Brother over the Web and mobile phones.

I wonder how long Ze thinks we'll be in a golden era of unfettered Web broadcast communication. Or, in other words, when will Ze think twice about saying the Seven Dirty Words? Will it be an act of commerce that prevents or regulation?

Thanks! And why hasn't Comedy Central (or someone of that ilk) made Ze an offer he can't refuse to host his show off their site(s)?

Posted by: Sean Garrett at August 6, 2006 12:41 PM

Thanks for asking. I'd like to hear if the various levels of interaction with his audience are getting overwhelming. He began his Web life by posting a funny video of himself dancing, which he grew to providing a number of funny skits and interactive Web toys to repeat viewers. Now, along with his daily videos, comments, a wiki, a forum, and an upcoming social networking site, does he see the brand of ze as something he can scale to not just a few thousand, but a few million? Or does this obstacle illustrate the boundary between the mass media's broadcast focus and the interactive media of the masses?

Posted by: Yves at August 7, 2006 02:55 PM

I think I'm too late but I hope the podcasts address his daily routine and how he funds himself. And why his tooth is chipped. And why he rarely shaves. And how many other people saw him wearing adult diapers on the streets of NYC.

Posted by: nalts at August 7, 2006 05:22 PM

And why are his pupil's so freaky and often different sizes - does he flash them to make them all crazy before he tapes? I noticed they often swap.

Posted by: Val at August 9, 2006 04:12 PM


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