I’ve been thinking lately about new ways of online media consumption, particularly in an environment where production levels so dramatically outweigh the ability to consume. I cobbled together some code from the Zeega project this afternoon into a very simple dynamic youtube mashup. I’m fairly sure that something like this exists already, but after poking around a bit without luck, I decided to build it myself. Channelsurf is a seamless, never-ending sequence of short clips taken from recently uploaded youtube videos strung together through tag relationships. The tag relationships are strong enough to bring together short vignettes on a single theme while remaining weak enough to send you all over the mediascape of youtube. Prioritizing recency over the popularity of a video pulls in some very obscure material and the clips are short enough that nothing feels particularly punishing. It works best on a reasonably fast internet connection [chrome/safari] and is definitely a bit buggy, but I hope entertaining nonetheless.

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