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Friday, October 26th, 2012 22:20
Maybe it's because I'm getting old and cranky; maybe it's the surfacing of impulsivity that I didn't feel I had, but -- as of late, I'm finding I have very, very little patience for screencasts, presentations, podcasts, and the like, unless they are very, very on-point vis-a-vis something I'm interested in at the moment.

I can read something like 450 words per minute. I'm not going to sit through 100-150wpm speech for very long to figure out if I'm interested in what's being said, especially if I can find the topic explained better elsewhere in text.

People in the tech world seem increasingly wont to use multimedia as the primary or even sole form of documentation for everything from software libraries to consumer websites, a practice of which I am not enamoured. [personal profile] skud wrote up an excellent blurb about such things over in the [community profile] growstuff wiki.
Saturday, October 27th, 2012 06:20 (UTC)
THIS YES. I don't even want to sit through most 'funny' videos unless they're really particularly hilarious. I do not have the patience to sit and watch something that's not particularly engaging when I could do a lot of stuff, faster. If it's highly visual? Screencaps with descriptions, then.
Saturday, October 27th, 2012 10:46 (UTC)
YES. I LIKE being able to skim-read, at my own pace. I HATE having to dedicate brain to audiovisual processing, which I find horrible mostly. Plus ALL OF THE ACCESS ISSUES.
Saturday, October 27th, 2012 14:16 (UTC)
Saturday, October 27th, 2012 13:08 (UTC)
Agreed. If you want me to use a video, it has to be text-searchable, like a text page or file is. And I don't mean using IPA symbols - it has to be searchable using the script for the language(s) used in the video. (And yes, if they include sign languages, I still want a script-based search. Not that I can make use of sign languages at all, but I like the idea of writing sign languages, and the more exposure it gets the better, IMAO.)
Saturday, October 27th, 2012 17:55 (UTC)
Amen! I can't stand videos where text would suffice too.
Sunday, October 28th, 2012 01:40 (UTC)
Agreed! I make it maybe 30s through teh average how-to video before I start jumping around. I suppose I could download stuff and play it double-time, but usually that seems like too much work so I either avoid them entirely or, if I have to, make stuff (knit/crochet/sew) while I try to deal with the sloooowness of it all.

Someone asked me for an instructional video to go with my pony pattern and all I could think was "ugh, I wouldn't watch that."
Sunday, October 28th, 2012 03:34 (UTC)
I'm actually trending more towards audio-video lately. But this is largely because I can process it in "background" mode while doing other tedious tasks. Or if I really enjoy the presenter (like the vlogbrothers).

But yar, for documentation purposes... that's not so helpful!
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 02:34 (UTC)
Much agreed here, too. My limited experience suggests that a surprising number of software developers are not particularly adept at written communication, so I wonder if spoken word feels easier to them? Whatever the case, bad communication/documentation doesn't get any better when you make it linear, unsearchable, and slow.
Monday, November 5th, 2012 16:07 (UTC)
YES, YES, YES, YES, YES. I don't have TIME to watch your video. I am bored and aware that if the thing had been transcribed, I could have ALREADY got the gist of it and seen if I was interested, before the opening music is finished/before the person OPENS THEIR MOUTH TO SPEAK.