Ok, that’s a bit extreme, but I’ve been thinking right along these lines lately. Mostly in regards to the first bullet about why text succeeds more than video:
It’s scannable - according to Jakob Nielsen users have time to read at most 28% of the words during an average site visit and 20% is more likely - from Steve Rubel’s Micro Persuasion blog
Video’s simply a much more high-bandwidth medium - and I don’t mean download speeds - I’m talking attention. Video rarely allows me to efficiently scan through it & jump to the parts I find significant the way text does.
Admittedly, I can leave the video playing & just listen to the audio while multi-tasking, but doesn’t that lead to the obvious question: why not post an audio file? In too many cases video is just overkill - like using a 5mm minigun instead of a .44 scoped magnum (heyo- Fallout 3 reference!).
And naturally there are plenty of exceptions to this (the majority of youtube, hulu, interviews, etc.) - where the content of the video is actually visually based or the subtle interchanges between people reveal more than just audio would, not simply someone conveying a message because they want to speak it instead of type it.
And as technologies advance, things will change. Video will become indexable, searchable, right-click-properties-for-a-summary-or-transcript-able. I’m sure I’ll read about it.
The Curious Case of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
My 1st post-viewing impression of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was: wow - that was a beautiful film!
2nd - Um, beautiful in like the scenes & settings, b/c the majority of the time Brad & Cate were smack in the Marianas Trench of the Uncanny Valley.
3rd - And what the hell was up with Benjamin leaving his lady & baby like that? It was a complete reversal for a character who graciously stood up and accepted everything that life had thrown at him. I kept waiting for Daisy to whisper, “If you leave I will never forgive you,” in that scene. Because that’s what I did.