My in-law’s attorney, who used to dress up as a witch to introduce the TV midnight movie in Midland TX, wrote her senior thesis on Ernie Kovacs, a comedian who pioneered in the new medium of television in the early 1950s.
I’m too damn intellectually lazy to do a similar treatment comparing Kovacs to ZeFrank, the polymath who pioneered in the new medium of video blogs in the mid-aughts, but I’m appearantly first person in all of googlespace to think of drawing the parallel, so now intellectual integrity demands that anyone else who thinks of writing an academic paper must cite me.
I note that appearantly Ze has some Ernie Kovacs DVDs in his amazon wish list.
There has been some sort of kerfuffle because Ze Frank suggested that Rocketboom’s viewership numbers were inflated, making it difficult for other video bloggers, like Ze Frank, to sell sponsorships. Whatever.
I’ve watched maybe a month’s worth of Ze Frank in 4 or 5 sittings punctuated by snorts and giggles. I’ve liked every one, a lot, and I look forward to the fact that I can watch a bunch more on my iPod the next time I’m stuck in a waiting room somewhere. Until today, I’ve never once watched Rocketboom, not even after trying to avoid all the bits wasted a few months ago after the firing/defection of the former frontwoman, but I thought I should actually watch it and form an honest opinion, rather than just posting that I like Ze Frank sooo much more.
So, I’ve been watching recent episodes of Rocketboom for the first, and probably last time. It’s probably better than 95% of the stuff on basic digital cable, but that’s not saying much, which is why I’ve never bothered springing for cable. I’ll keep filling my iPod with Ze Frank though, and might even make a point of watching them in a timely manner from time to time.