Anyone can "create media and have a distribution outlet for it that bypasses television and mainstream media," Olsen said. "It's like slightly curated cable-access."
Many of the vlogs have a home-grown, experimental feel. People capture moments in their everyday lives. Some post cooking lessons, short films or videos of local festivals or family events like graduations. One of the best-known video blogs is Rocketboom, which puts together an irreverent daily news program.
Politicians are also wading in the video-blogging waters. North Carolina Sen. John Edwards is receiving and responding to questions using video. Boston City Councilor John Tobin has a video blog as well. (more at link)