For most of recent history, up until about 60 years ago, the act of creation was just a part of life. Everyone sang or played an instrument or wrote or performed or danced or Something.
But recording technology turned creative output in to a path to fortune and fame. Suddenly, if you weren't exceptional, then why were you trying at all?
This concept is, of course, bullshit.
TV never had a real amateur moment, and filmmaking barely did.
TV came close in 69 with the videofreex, but the FCC made sure that any potential home video might have had for artistic expression would be stiffled by distribution problems.
The video resolution of the 80s unlocked film a little (toxic avenger, El mariachi, an absolute glut of horror films and pornography) but distribution was still limited to single physical copies.
The internet changed that. Even before YouTube there was Wax, or the discovery of television among the bees.
But now we're well in to the Era of Professionals. TV is what other people do. We're left with infotainment and lifestyle vlogging and playing video games.
If a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing badly.
Ridiculue is trickier, but it's cultural. I have done my best to establish a culture free from ridicule at the maker space. People have room to try new things without having to worry that they won't be good at them.
Not everyone plays by this rule, and most of us slip up occasionally. Usually, recognition and apology comes a moment later, trust is important here.
Every one of us has a high quality camera. Most of us are reading and writing on it right now.
Video editing isn't a mystical unknowable art. The software is free (kdenlive) and reasonably easy to use. Basic special effects are possible. Simple editing is easy.
I'm not good at this! I mean, I'm good enough for my purposes, but others are faster, more precise, more purposeful. That's fine! Sloppy editing doesn't render a thing unenjoyable.
@fabian Sure, in a very mst3k way. I addressed this in a previous thread yesterday.
Game streaming isn't something I really understand, I guess. I support those who do it and enjoy it, but I don't get it (and I worry that it is teaching people that they aren't event good enough at their leisure activities, turning them in to consumers rather than participators in even the act of play.)
@ajroach42 But for live streaming (Just Chatting/Podcasting) I feel we're still in a Wild West kinda situation. It's *very cheap*. Sure, getting exposure/traction is hard, but *if* you have valuable content, it'll usually come.
Even Big TV downgraded production in the last decade imho with "mobile reporters", online-only formats etc. It's often worse then before – but still I feel "TV" today is more democratically available then ever before.
@ajroach42 (PS: I've never thought deeply about this; just intuitively I disagree a bit with you, I think. No offense :)
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