Videoblogging, Podcasting, and "Meta" Data
Creativity Always Builds on the Past
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Tour of Community Television of Santa Cruz
Lisa Mastramico was kind enough to give me a personal tour of Community Television of Santa Cruz last night. It was my first time inside an actual TV studio. I'd like to go back with my camera and videoblog it. After the tour we went to Cafe Pergolesi and I tried to explain blogging and videoblogging to her. It seems like Lisa pretty much dedicates her life to community television, alternative media, and political activism. I had a great time talking with her.
She asked how (video)blogging is different than Indymedia and I'm embarrased by how poor of a job I did at answering the question. Another person that I met at the station expressed concern that the Internet and videoblogging could be used as an excuse to cut funding for Community TV, as that rationale had been used in (I think he said) Los Angeles. I've got to ask Jay Dedman to come and talk to them during his California visit for BloggerCon. (Lisa said she'd like to meet Jay.)
I need to point Lisa at Dan Gillmor's We The Mediabook and blog, at Creative Commons, and at the DigitalBicycle project. Another thing I need to do to evangelize blogs is learn how to use Bloglines or similar tools to send people starter subscription lists. I thought Community TV people would get videoblogging right away, but they've got a sophisticated infrastructure that works for them, and, I tend to forget, that just 10 months ago, I thought blogs were a bunch of hype.
7 out of 10 Dutch ISPs censor content on bogus copyright claim
Joi Ito's Web: Copyright Takedown Experiment Reveals Horrible ISP Policies: "Dutch civil rights organization Bits of Freedom has run an interesting experiment: They put up a text by a famous Dutch author, written in 1871 to accounts with 10 different ISPs. Then they made up an imaginary society that is supposed to be the copyright holder of the author in question, and sent copyright infringement takedown notices to those 10 ISP via email (using a Hotmail account). 7 out of 10 ISPs took down the material, sometimes within hours and without even informing the account holder."
How should an ISP decide to handle a situation like this? If you refuse the request you are open to liability lawsuits, if you blindly obey it you're someone's tool -- or do you spend time investigating every complaint and then hope you bet on the right horse? Doom9 implies that it is somehow bad to act on the notice of some imaginary society that owns the rights. What if it had been someone they'd heard of, a big publisher or TV station? Now, it's OK for the ISP to take down the material? What if a big media company, powered by Akamai was using an independent's creative content material for commercial purposes? Now what do you think the mechanism should be?
As I was fascinated by the implications of Gimme the Mermaid video on the Illegal Art site, I thought about what would happen if we were hosting that video and were asked by Disney to take it down? It seems, to me, to be fair use, albeit provocative fair use. Do I have to fight Disney's lawyers to protect my customer?
Better Video of Free Radio Santa Cruz Bust by Lisa Mastramico
Don Cochrane tells me about Digital Media Factory
My friend, Don Cochrane, from Coffeetopia pointed me to this article about a new operation in Santa Cruz called Digital Media Factory. I helped Don setup a blog on Blogger.com. In this camcorder-phone clip he explains his idea for the blog:
He also created an interesting web site called California Earth Lodge.
Videoblogging at BloggerCon
i couldn't think of anything better than doing a videoblogging session. but how's it work? we just do it in some corner?I think you are supposed to propose sessions on the discussion forum on the BloggerCon site. I'm about to do it... UPDATE: I did it. BloggerCon for Newbies, summarizes the role of the discussion leader, and other procedural issues:
Think of the conference as if it were a weblog. At the beginning of each session, the leader talks between five and fifteen minutes to introduce the idea and some of the people in the room. Then she'll point to someone else. She may ask a couple of questions to get them going, then she'll point to someone else, then someone else, then make a comment, ask a question, etc. Each person talks for two to three minutes. Long enough to make a point. About the time someone would take if they called into a radio talk show.Jay has displayed great patience as a talk show host, so he is surely qualified to be a discussion leader!
Made it into BloggerCon
Technorati Hackathon, part 1
Dave Sifry kicks off the Technorati Hackathon.
Blogger Can't Spell "blogs"
I was using the spell checker on Blogger.com and found this...
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Dan Gillmor's Talk at San Jose State University
(Click on the image for an enlarged photo)It was interesting to hear Dennis Wilcox, Director of the SJSU School of Journalism ask questions, and it seems that journalism schools and students still don't fully understand the nature of the changes that are happening -- although they may understand the significance. I'm assuming that SJSU is ahead of the curve, since they are here in Silicon Valley and invited Dan to talk. Dan recommended that all journalism students start blogs, but warned them that what they write now may last a long time (think Google cache) and could come back to haunt them. Remember the old saying about being under 30 and not a liberal. You can give liberal either its European or American meaning, but in this context I suppose I mean passionate and idealogical. I know I'd be embarrased to read blog posts that I wrote when I was at Berkeley and had just finished reading Atlas Shrugged, and if I was trying to get a newspaper job today, I'd sure hope my prospective employer wouldn't see them. I decided to try one camcorder-phone video while I was there.
The audio is weak -- he's saying: "More voices have got to be better than fewer, and with that, thank you for coming."
In the last month before the election, there's a lot of pressure to be reduced to just two voices (anti-Bush and anti-Kerry, as it were) and we truly are best served by many voices. Thanks, Dan, for reminding us of that.