Blogtalk Downunder
   May 19-22, Sydney

Blogtalk Downunder

Adrian Miles. Media Rich versus Rich Media (or why video in a blog is not the same as a video blog)

Adrian Miles
Lecturer in Cinema and New Media
School of Applied Communication
RMIT University

Adrian Miles teaches the theory and practice of hypermedia and interactive video at RMIT University, Australia. He has also been a senior new media researcher in the InterMedia Lab at the University of Bergen, Norway. His academic research on hypertext and networked interactive video has been widely published and his applied digital projects have been exhibited internationally. Adrian’s research interests include hypertext and hypermedia, digital poetics, and the development of appropriate pedagogies to allow for the creation of new media knowledge objects.

This essay has been written as a hypertext (originally in Eastgate System’s Tinderbox). Such hypertext writing environments encourage a particular writing practice, one that is branching, associative, rhizomatic and intensive. (In some ways a bit like blogging.)

As a consequence this essay ranges broadly across quite a field, including new media, blogs, hypertext and design. It does this not as a consequence of any great speciality in any of these disciplines, but because hypertext affords this ability which is an alternative academic practice to existing forms. It is the production of knowledge that is the connection of parts into more complex wholes, where these connections express or effect qualitative changes amongst the parts (Miles, 1999, 2001).

I recognise that this causes many anxieties for academic and casual readers, where a culture of exhaustive (that is complete) reading is the norm. For such readers a parsed down, single version of this work is available. It’s structure is, approximately, order in which written. The links within this version are identical to the links in the hypertextual version, so following them could well return you to a section you have already read, but now existing as an individual node rather than a subsection of a longer piece. This also accounts for the repetition that appears in the longer work, individual nodes are written to be more or less discrete (much like blog posts) and their collection into a single longer piece introduces some redundancies.


Technical and theoretical note: All instances of the phrase videoblog, videoblogger, and so on can be substituted with audioblog, audioblogger, or podcast, and podcaster, and so on.

In the bibliography the title of works is the external URL, not the URL. This is because long URL’s don’t get wrapped by browsers which can produce layout hell.

Long, single version.

Hypertext version.

note: This page forms a part of a hypertext essay by Adrian Miles. The homepage for this essay is located at:
A long version of this paper (containing some but not all of the text contained in the hypertext version) is available at:

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