Chile: Videoblogging daily life

Paloma BaytelmanPaloma Baytelman, a Chilean journalist, blogger and consultant in media and digital content for the Library of Congress in Chile, has her own online tv channel, which she has called PalomaTV. What started as an exercise in constancy, taking advantage of the feature in the Flickr photo sharing site of uploading short videos, has become a way for her to show the daily life of a young woman living and working in Santiago de Chile, and she now has a YouTube channel where she is also uploading videos.

One of her videos [es] is of her going to vote, where she tells how once Paloma turned 18, her mother warned her that if she didn't register to vote, she would have to move out. She gets on the bus, votes and then proudly shows her inked finger:

The next video records her experience getting on a Santiago bus on her way to the Synagogue and noticing that the bus driver had dressed himself as Santa Claus. She took the opportunity to interview him and his wife, uploaded the video and wrote about it on her blog [es]:

This next video has Gaby, Paloma's sister telling of a harrassment experience she had with a promotional character for a drugstore chain, when after a friendly dance, the foam covered character grabbed her arm and wouldn't let her go, then touched her all over with the foamy gloves and when her friends took her away from him, the Dr. Simi character crumpled up the flyers he was handing out and proceded to pelt Gaby with them as she walked away:

Through her work, blog and videoblog, Paloma has also managed to interview key figures in Web 2.0 such as Tim O'Reilly, Howard Rheingold (Smart Mobs), Nicolás Copano (Chile), Peter Rock (Chile), Chris Anderson (Wired) and still unpublished, there's an interview with Jay Adelson (Digg) and Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia). The following video has her interviewing Tim O'Reilly [en], you can view it with Spanish subtitles here.

You can view these and other videos on her Flickr page, or on her YouTube channel, PalomaTV, where she also captions and subtitles some of her videos. The image used on this post was a self-portrait from her flickr page.


  • What’s the point in broadcasting pieces of your life? Or even post articles about your experiences? Is an answer to our secret and human ambition of fame?

    There are so many broken links when one navigate the blogsphere, and analyze the subtle reasons which lead us to write on a blog or publish a personal video.

    I hope that in the near future, we all have clear reasons to expose, or not, our lives and thoughts on the Internet, and not just the dream of becoming recognized through self-merchandising techniques. I do believe true recognition comes from the others and only when you reach an important milestone in whatever you do.

  • The point of video blogging might be a lust for fame for some, but in the end, video blogging is valuable because people all over the world can connect as human beings…my life isn’t that different than their life…we get to see that people all over the world want, love, live, enjoy, hurt, despair much the same. A whole new generation is growing up aware of cultures and people in other countries…finding them much like themselves, instead of the notion that old rant from our parents about “there are kids starving in China who would die to have a meal like you have!” Video blogging is a wonderful, artistic, and social-networking tool that crosses all barriers to inform, delight and entertain.

  • Hola, me gustaría saber cómo Paloma ha comprado un espacio de tv y en cuánto… aquí en México me gustaría tener el mío… claro que sí.
    Un abrazo afectuoso.

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