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Rosie O'Donnell: Not So Annoying

Until the writers’ strike in Hollywood is over–who knew it would go on this long?–BoomTown has decided to offer suggestions about cool new stuff to watch.

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Today, I urge one and all to head over to the videos being done by celebrity, actor, talk-show host and larger-than-life personality Rosie O’Donnell.

Unlike a lot of celebs, who flee the online cameras of sites like TMZ.com, O’Donnell has been putting herself out there for a while in her unusually forthright–and sometimes downright odd–blog.

She uses, at various times, text, pictures, collages and video, which yield an always entertaining assortment of offerings.

This is exactly the way new media is created–it’s not television, or print or radio even (O’Donnell uses a lot of music in her posts), but an entirely new form of compelling content that is made for the Web.

To my mind, she has taken to the medium in a way few others have, trying all sorts of things, especially in her varied video offerings.

That can mean simply filming her family as they do art projects on a rainy day, to answering viewer questions using her iSight camera and little else, to making funny little gems like this one, in which she makes light of being dubbed the most “annoying” celebrity by some poll.

Here’s that video:


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