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Video killed the radio star? Well, it's back.

By Thom Wong 9 Feb 2006 | TheTyee.ca

Thom Wong writes regularly about music for The Tyee. He has also been a teacher and contract specialist. With eight years of education and three bachelor degree, Thom focuses mostly on marketing writing.

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I recently purchased a camera that records one minute video clips with sound. Lately, I've been documenting almost everything around me, from the mundane (a friend writing her name in Chinese) to the more mundane (a friend eating a nutella-banana crepe). I have even been uploading them to You Tube where, once online, they become if not art, then at least something mildly interesting.

Channel 4 in the UK invites you to explore your inner documentarian at their website, Four Docs, where you'll find five minute documentaries on just about anything. Follow the youth director of Grimsby Town Football Club as he travels to Valencia. Marvel in the tenacity of the Gresse Street Table Tennis Club as they play their final match at the bottom of the league. Relive your childhood as a primary school presents a musical tribute to electricity.

The site is a veritable cornucopia of the simple, daily moments in our lives we often overlook. The format forces you to view these routines in a different way. Largely divorced from context, they can take on a slightly alien hue, as if you are visiting from off-world and seeing these situations for the first time. Maybe that's because for some videos, this may very well be the case.

Thom Wong is a law student who spends an unreasonable amount of time online. His 40 bLinks column runs every Monday and Thursday on The Tyee.

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