Video on the Web
The other spectrum of the integrated TV/web model I just described was ironically driven home soon after I completed my last post.
I heard a terrifying scream from the other room as my 3-year-old accidentally fallen off his NickJr.com online video game and landed on the homepage, which had streaming video for parents. The horror.
So NickJr is treating its site like a little television station, using all of the best-practices of "The Curse of the Babbling Video Player." We give NickJr a "thumbs up" for integrating short-form television on the website. But a big "thumbs down" for presuming we want to watch it by having it load automatically.
Said Nalts of Revverberation.com, "It's an absolute 'worst practice' for welcoming visitors to your site is to start pushing flash, music and video at them before they feel in control. It's like selling Amway to dinner guests." (You know your ego is getting out of control when you start quoting yourself as a third party).