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[ profile] nightchik and I complied the Understanding Meta Vids (I C WHUT U DID THAR) vidshow (she ran the panel at VVC) for 2009 [ profile] vividcon.

Vids that exist on a meta level, working in more ways than one, often suggesting a basis beyond the individual fandoms of the source andmore about a larger concept and/or fandom itself. Vids that go beyond the narrative of their source, commenting on the nature of that narrative, connecting with outside meanings, or placing the story in alarger culture context.

Everytime I thought we had a good description I'd realize it was excluding some type of meta or possibility for meta. I had no idea how tediously difficult it would be a write a definition for what meta vids are. We went for a wide range of meta topics, so I hope people didn't look at it and reject the vidshow in the basis that it's not what they consider to be meta. Meta has a wide variety of possibilities and these vids are some of them:

Vid: The Glass
Vidder: [ profile] thingswithwings
Fandom: Multi (Star Trek, BSG: Razor, Babylon 5, Homicide, due South, The West Wing, Buffy, Lost, Stargate Atlantis, Starsky & Hutch, The X-Files, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, Primeval, Angel, Doctor Who, and Xena)
Musical artist: Angelo Badalamenti, from A Very Long Engagement (instrumental)
Vidshow Blurb: Removing the glass. (acatheory and fair use)
Duration: 2:36

Vid: We Have A Right to Be Angry
Vidder: Stacia Yeapanis
Fandom: Multi (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xena: Warrior Princess, and Charmed)
Musical artist: Pat Benatar
Vidshow Blurb: Oh good, a fan. (acatheory and fair use)
Duration: 5:10

Vid: Secret Asian Man
Vidder: [ profile] shati
Fandom: Firefly/Serenity
Musical artist: Da Vinci's Notebook
Vidshow Blurb: How do you vid the lack of a character? (race and invisibility)
Duration: 1:10

Vid: "White" & Nerdy
Vidder: [ profile] talitha78
Fandom: Psych
Musical artist: Weird Al Yankovic
Vidshow Blurb: Gus is a giant nerd. (race and invisibility)
Duration: 2:53

Vid: My Medea
Vidder: [ profile] yunitsa
Fandom: Jossverse
Musical artist: Vienna Teng
Vidder summary: Girls in boxes.
Vidshow Blurb: I'll tap into your strength and drain it dry. (gender issues)
Duration: 2:40

Vid: The Negative Sex
Vidder: [ profile] 0mindthegap0
Fandom: Multi (Battlestar Galactica, Dark Angel, Dollhouse, Firefly, Heroes, Stargate: Atlantis, Supernatural, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)
Musical artist: IAMX
Vidder summary: Girls kick ass, says so on a t-shirt.
Vidshow Blurb: The negative sex was brought into the light. (gender issues)
Duration: 3:03

Vid: Effigy
Vidder: [ profile] obsessive24
Fandom: Merlin
Musical artist: Natalie Merchant
Vidder summary: Guinevere character. Put your flaming torches under me.
Vidshow Blurb: Guinevere character. Put your flaming torches under me. (source in larger context of previous works)
Duration: 2:32

Vid: Intergalactic Friends
Vidder: dragonchic
Fandom: Smallville
Musical artist: "Intergalactic" by the Beastie Boys and "We Used to be Friends" by The Dandy Warhols
Vidder summary: "Just remember me when." Clark & Lex.
Vidshow Blurb: Beyond Good and Evil: Clark Kent, Lex Luthor, and Superman (source in larger context of previous works)
Duration: 2:47

Vid: A Lieutenant Colonel is Being Beaten
Vidder: [ profile] thingswithwings
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Musical artist: Iggy Pop and the Stooges
Vidder summary: John Sheppard really does spend a lot of time on his knees.
Vidshow Blurb: Now I wanna be your dog. (psychological, narrative, and reflection)
Duration: 3:00

Vid: Sex-O-Matic Venus Freak
Vidder: [ profile] deirdre_c
Fandom: Supernatural
Musical artist: Macy Gray
Vidder summary: We just can't keep our hands off of him, can we? or: How Sam Winchester Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Ladies
Vidshow Blurb: I'll stop when you tell me to. (psychological, narrative, and reflection)
Duration: 2:51

Vid: Martina
Vidder: [ profile] keewick
Fandom: Veronica Mars
Musical artist: Meryn Cadell
Vidder summary: Knock on wood.
Vidshow Blurb: Don't get raped, knock on wood. (psychological, narrative, and reflection)
Duration: 1:12

Vid: Destiny Calling
Vidder: [ profile] counteragent
Fandom: Vidding
Musical artist: James
Vidshow Blurb: Vidders: struggles and triumphs (on vidding)
Duration: 4:18

Vid: Pressure
Vidder: Sterling Eidolan and The Odd Woman Out (California Crew)
Fandom: Vidding
Musical artist: Billy Joel
Vidshow Blurb: We've all felt it! (on vidding)
Duration: 4:40

Vid: I Love You Fandom
Vidder: [ profile] barkley
Fandom: Fandom
Musical artist: Chicago
Vidshow Blurb: It's the fandom theme song. (on fandom)
Duration: 1:18

Vid: Still Alive
Vidder: [ profile] counteragent
Fandom: Supernatural fandom
Musical artist: Jonathan Coulton and GLaDOS
Vidder summary: A survey of (mostly S3) SPN fandom: Some wank, some politics, and a ton of awe-inspiring GENIUS.
Vidshow Blurb: A survey of (mostly S3) SPN fandom: Some wank, some politics, and a ton of awe-inspiring GENIUS. (on fandom)
Duration: 3:08

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? While this was the playlist for meta vids used in the vidshow, I encourage others to drop links in the comments to other meta vids. Feel free to spark discussions as well. I'm sure they'll be notes coming from the meta panel and I'd love for online discussion as well.

Date: 2009-08-16 07:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Can't wait to watch ones I haven't seen! (Also, dying for vidpanel notes!) thanks forthinking of my vids. :)

Date: 2009-08-16 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We tried to do a wide selection so there'd be vids unknown to this part of fandom. :)

I keep refreshing the vivicon flist for notes like a stalker.


Date: 2009-08-16 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You guys definitely accomplished that. (Yay!) I can't believe I missed the meta in Sex O Matic...guess as a SamGirl I'm just too close. HEE. Anyway, thanks for making me think. :D

...edited because I inadvertently sounded like an ass...
Edited Date: 2009-08-17 07:36 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-08-18 04:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm not sure if [ profile] deirdre_c intended the meta or if it was only my interpretation. That's a neat aspect of interpretating vids. I see Sex-o-matic as an update of Quantum Leap's Oh, Boy! from Sterling Eidolan and the Odd Woman Out. In both vids the woman can be seen as the female audience becoming an entity. Does my interpretation of the vid as meta make it meta or is it only meta if it's intentional from the vidder?

You didn't sound like an ass. ;)

Date: 2009-08-18 01:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If meta falls in the forest...

It's still meta, even if not intended by the vidder, IMO.

And I so did! But I'm glad you didn't take it that way.

Date: 2009-08-16 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
om nom nom nom metaaaaa

Date: 2009-08-18 04:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Always use a spoon when eating up meta. It's only polite. ;)

Date: 2009-08-21 01:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
For extra classy meta (

And I'm sorry to ask, but do you know of anywhere else that we could see We Have a Right to Be Angry? It's the only one here I hadn't seen, and the shockwave embed she's used really isn't cooperating with this computer. I've updated the plugin, and.. still not working. : /

Date: 2009-08-17 12:17 am (UTC)
ext_218: (cylon vidding machine)
From: [identity profile]
oh, I love how you've parenthetically categorized them by kind of meta! I know you said it was hard to define but this is very clear.

Date: 2009-08-18 04:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We had them paired up (with a set of 3) by the meta aspect too. It was cool to see how different approaches and ideas to the same topic.

Date: 2009-08-18 05:22 am (UTC)
ext_21:   (Default)
From: [identity profile]
I definitely recommend [ profile] hapex_legomena's Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers of Death (Collector's Edition) (
Audio and Video Editing: [info]hapex_legomena
Video Source: Lord of the Rings
Audio Source: all songs by the Wu-Tang Clan
Warnings: spoilers for RaceFAIL '09
Rating: R for violence and language
Summary I: An audio-visual essay deconstructing orcing and the emulation of the behavior and appearance of other nithings in the pursuit of performance art.
Summary II: In an alternate universe where orc hordes start an internet flamewar with the good white peoples of middle earth in order drag the blogosphere down into a never-ending age of darkness and wank, the only way men can hope to save their fantasy world is to destroy the source of the POC hive vagina's Sauron's power.

Also, the third vid is Secret Asian Man. You have it listed as Secret Agent Man?

Date: 2009-08-18 06:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have that loading in another window. Looks very, very intriguing.

My brain must have been thinking about the original song when I typed that. Thanks for catching it.

Date: 2009-09-11 04:37 am (UTC)
alias_sqbr: calvin and hobbes with a duplicator, Copyright violation: ho! ( not intended to encourage copyright violation) (yay copyright)
From: [personal profile] alias_sqbr
Coming across this conversation rather late, here my meta vids tag.

Date: 2009-09-13 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks for the links. Those look like interesting watches. :)


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