Josh Wolf is the videoblogger who is in jail for refusing to hand over his videotapes to the Grand Jury. He won several awards tonight and didn’t get a chance to give an acceptance speech. So, his mom transcribed this and sent it to us, which I’m running here in full:
It seems like mere moments ago that I was here in this
venue for blogger con. I remember telling my story
about how the federal government was trying to send me
to prison for refusing to turn over my unpublished
material and testify in front of a grand jury for
asserting that I am a journalist, and for refusing to
be an agent for the government by providing
intelligence to aid in an anarchist witch hunt. Some
were shocked by my story, others were not surprised
that the government would go to such lengths, and
still others maintained disbelief, preferring to think
of me as the boy who cried wolf, rather than opening
themselves up to the idea that their government would
do such a thing.
That weekend at vlogger con was one of the best in my
life. It was euphoric getting to hang out and party
with so many stellar individuals, and I am
disheartened that I can only join you in sprit to
tonight. I’ve always heard that the best par t of
award shows are the after parties and I’m sure that it
will be a rocking good time. I’ll be there for the
Thanks for the awards guys. It feels good to know that
I’ve been able to stir up a bit of controversy in the
blogosphere and I’m touched by being awarded best male
I’d like to thank everyone who has blogged or vlogged
about my situation, whether you are in agreement with
what I’m doing or not, and I’d also like to thank
everyone who has supported me throughout this
endeavor, whether its through sending me books or
letters, donating money to my legal fund or helping
out with my blog, wiki or the various projects I’ve
been involved with.
Thank you all and have fun tonight I’ll be out soon
Joe Klein announced the Vloggies tonight and did an awesome job. He also did it for free. Which I greatly appreciate. He does this stuff professionally. He’s an accomplished voice over guy.
Well the Vloggies is done. Here’s the People’s Choice awards:
Favorite Vlog: Ask a Ninja
Male: Josh Wolf
Female: Nontourage — Julie Daman and Sarah Atwood
Group: Alive in Baghdad
Comedy: Ask a Ninja
Community: Minnesota Stories
Education: Wine Library TV
Entertainment (fiction): Galacticast
Entertainment (non-fiction): Beach Walks with Rox
Experimental: 90 Seconds with Dave
Inspirational: Beach Walks with Rox
Kids: Phil Hamilton Hits the Big TIme
Cooking: Wine Library TV
News: Goodnight Burbank
Diary: Josh Leo’s Vlog
Political: Ze Frank
Travel: Amanda Across America
Viral: Invisible Engine and The Singing Woodchuck
Funniest: Ask a Ninja
Collaborative: Node 666 Project
Interview: Geek Entertainment TV
Special Effects: Galacticast
Most Controversial: Alive in Baghdad
Vlogging Books: Secrets of Vlogging, Michael Verdi and Ryanne Hodson
Video Hosting: Blip.TV
Website Design: Galacticast
I’m hearing that Windows Vista left escrow yesterday, which means that it’s done and on its way to OEMs. I haven’t heard this from a Microsoft source, though. So, not completely sure it’s true.
Favorite Male videoblog: Ze Frank.
Best Community Vlog: Chuck Olsen. Minnesota Stories.
Best Cooking Vlog: Freshtopia.
Favorite kids and teens videoblog: Jetset Show.
Favorite news vlog: Rocketboom.
Best Female Vlogger. Ryanne Hodson.
Favorite Tech Vlog: Bleeding Edge TV.
Entertainment Vlog: Chasing Windmills.
Controversial Vlog: Josh Wolf (who’s currently in jail for refusing to turn over his video tapes).
Videoblogging Book: Secrets of Videoblogging.
Green Vlog: Treehugger TV
Vlog directory: Mefeedia
Best Vloggervangelist: Michael Verdi for his work on Node 101.
Comedy Vlog: Ask a Ninja.
Diary Vlog: Josh Leo.
Entertainment Vlog (non Fiction). LoFi St Louis
favorite entertaiment vlog (fiction): chasing windmills
Video Hosting: BlipTV
Site Design: It’s Jerry Time
Experimental Vlog: Pouringdown TV
Vlog Collaboration: Bottom Union, Carp Caviar
Best Vlog: Alive in Baghdad. (Big Winner, got a standing ovation — their stuff is really awesome)
Best Group Vlog: Alive in Baghdad.
Best Political Vlog: Alive in Baghdad.
favorite interview vlog: alive in baghdad
Favorite Corporate Organization vlog: netsquared
Favorite Travel Vlog: travelvlog.org
favorite video production tool: enric’s vpip
favorite viral video: singing woodchuck
Favorite Special Effects: Galacticast
favorite documentary vlog: american king
favorite educational vlog: freevlog
favorite editing : stutterframes
favorite site design: itsjerrytime
Lots of famous people here from Kevin Marks (geek at Technorati) to Jerry Zucker. Jerry’s a famous Hollywood director. More than 250 people are here. Tons of video cameras, geeks, and videobloggers. The show starts soon, more reports coming.
Lots of great videobloggers here, from Andrew Baron who runs Rocketboom, to a Yellow Duckie who is here for Ze Frank.
List of nominations are here. We’ll keep you in touch throughout the night.
7:24 p.m.: it’s getting started.
7:32 p.m.: Jerry Zucker is on stage, explaining how he got started with a half-inch videotape machine back in 1970. If you don’t know who Jerry is, he’s on Wikipedia. Was the co-director of the movie “Airplane.”
Introducing WangYou Media. It’s basically a Chinese YouTube. The CEO just sent us a highlights clip for the Vloggies tonight (by the way, I hear a famous Hollywood director will be there). Lots of fun stuff. Too bad we can’t get translations of the site and a fast mirror over here. You can certainly see why Google and YouTube are gonna have a tough time going up against sites that are developed locally inside China. The Chinese search engine Baidu is giving Google a run for its money inside China and on CNBC the other day the CEO of Baidu said they are looking to expand outside of China.
Long term this is going to be a fun competition to watch. What’s at stake? A market of billions of people and if either of these brands can break out of the Chinese markets — even more.