Video Blogging in Your Car is Dangerous, Asshole

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We all know how much I hate video blogging.

But for the safety of everyone: Video bloggers,  stop filming video blogs in your car while you are driving.

How long will it be until we lose a blogger because they were distracted behind the wheel? We’ve lost somany people in accidents caused by people talking on their cell phone, let alone using it as a camera to film their latest “insight.”

Your idea can wait until you get to your destination and aren’t being a hazard to the safety of others. Whatever you want to publish isn’t that revolutionary that it has to be filmed and published this very moment while you’re crusing at 60 miles per hour down the highway in rush hour traffic.

Besides, filming on the road is distracting to the audience. The camera shakes. There are all sorts of visuals outside of the window passing by that are more interesting than you. You can’t control lighting, and you look washed out and terrible.

I’m not saying that your video blog needs to be so over produced it’s slippery with a nice gloss, but you should care enough to make yourself look presentable. And you don’t look presentable after a long day in the office while you’re sitting in traffic in a car with crappy air conditioning.

Take your idea for your video blog, make a note of the idea, and drive safely home.  Fix yourself up in front of a mirror, and then get to work. You’ll look better, you won’t be stressed by trying to drive, and you won’t be endangering every person on your commute.


16 Responses to Video Blogging in Your Car is Dangerous, Asshole

  1. Shelley Pringle September 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Do people really do this? And no, you’re definitely not the only one who thinks it’s stupid.

    • Jay September 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

      Yes. Yes they do. Idiots.

  2. Toaden September 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    Sadly yes I have done this . . .

    Now when I do it I’m usually waiting in line at the drive-in.

    • Jay September 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

      That sounds just as dangerous, but more for your arteries than other drivers.

      • Shashank September 16, 2011 at 4:29 am #

        Seriously, that’s a smart reply 🙂

  3. Morgan September 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    I’ve attempted to do this and have failed. I can’t focus on talking to the camera and drive at the same time. I was also really nervous so the whole video came out jacked. It’s just no good for anyone.

    • Jay September 15, 2011 at 9:39 am #

      There’s nothing like a really jacked blogger to get me to pay attention.

  4. Camilo Olea September 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Seriously? People do this?

    Another reason to continue my binge-drinking. Oh, the humanity. *opens another bottle of scotch*

    • Jay September 15, 2011 at 9:40 am #

      Seriously. It’s sad.

  5. Bojan September 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    What’s there to be distracted about? You put the phone on your car dock and make it film. I don’t see a reason why that would be endangering anyone?

    It’s the same threat level as having a person sitting on a drivers seat.

    • Jay September 15, 2011 at 9:41 am #

      It’s just one more thing to be distracted by.

      I’m a big fan of doing one thing at a time.

  6. Tyson Greaves September 14, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    This demonstrates the drawbacks of social media. Some people achieve notoriety in ways that never would have occurred in the pre social media era, be that through a video that goes viral or a blog that picks up buzz for whatever reason. As a result these individuals feel compelled to document every thought and/or action they take throughout the day. Sometimes they offer something insightful or at least funny, but that comes at the risk of either wasting people’s time, or even worse, putting them in danger. Perhaps those 15 minutes of fame is not worth the safety of others on the road.

    • Jay September 15, 2011 at 9:42 am #

      I wonder of people share every thought so they feel less alone.

  7. Lisa Philpotts September 15, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    What about Cash Cab?

    • Jay September 16, 2011 at 6:56 am #

      The most dangerous game of all!

  8. Sydney @ Social Dynamics October 5, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    What even? These types of video blogs exist?! Do they want to wait for the law to actually enact something that prohibits them from partaking into this?