The Emmy awards were on ABC TV last night. There we tons of awards given out for the best for this year in Television Link. I think it is great to acknowledge the hard work of the creative minds that have gone into these programs. More awards were presented to those programs with air on the cable networks, but there was something missing.
The Internet “Television,” new media, etc. were not invited to the party. Tina Fey of 30 Rock said her show “can be viewed on NBC.com, Hulu, iTunes, United Airlines and occasionally on actual television.” She jests, but underneath the humor, a truth is emerging. Joss Whedon, the ingenious writer and creative mind behind the Internet hit, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, said in an interview by Daisy Whitney, “it did teach me that there is this no man’s land between the YouTube videos and a TV series and independent movies that is not bound by restrictions of budget or length of structure or genre. It is just bound by if you have the material to make it. And you can put it out there, and if more people start doing that, it will become more common, the way YouTube has become a daily exercise for people to troll through and look through. This is one foot on the moon, but soon we will have a colony of moonpeople and then there will be a colony of doctors on the moon, too.” Link
What does this mean for the Emmys? Will they be inclusive or will web content creators be grouped together with the other Webby Awards? Who knows, but we can lean forward and see.