Thursday, May 17, 2007

Media Evolution 2.0

Books ---> Radio ---> TV ---> HTML websites ---> Email ---> RSS ---> Streaming Music ---> Streaming Video

It seems like everything in media goes around, and comes back around. Rather than each media platform consuming it's predecessor they only seem to encourage growth. The written word was apparently on the outs with the advent of the web. People feared that no one would read books any more because it was too time consuming. It turns out that people actually like reading books, real books. The internet has only helped interested consumers get access to all kinds of books. Radio has been pronounced dead many times and managed yet another recreation online with site like MOG, Finetune, Accuradio, and Pandora. Unfortunately, these sites are under attack from the Copyright Royalty Board. It seems that the Copyright Royalty Board is applying old ways to new technologies. Rather than embrace the potential for massive exposure and revenue growth, the CRB is going to cripple internet radio. It is this kind of thinking that encourages piracy and illegitimate means of communication.
This is a very complex and noteworthy issue, you can get more information on the net radio side here:

Email was to be cast by the wayside with the advent of RSS. In 2007 Email is fast becoming the primary medium of contact for friends, families, businesses, and consumers. It has a 96% adoption rate and isn't going anywhere. RSS has provided individuals tha ability to collect massive amounts of content in one place to be accessed at their convenience. Yes, I understand that this has made for a push button publishing

Now TV is making it's move online. Joost officially launched this week, but not really, and turns out to be well worth the Venice Project sized wait. They just need a Mac platform, come on Joost get in the game. Joost is not the starting nor the ending of TV's new adventure on the internet. Apple, all the networks, YouTube, and countless others are helping to expand a space that will, in my opinion dominate the internet landscape. Today I stumbled on this little guy that has helped to bundle a bunch of my favorites together, RSS, widgets, TV, and streaming content.
Enjoy watching the round and round

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Hampden Noodly Master

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Originally uploaded by nickhall.
Okay so I was turned on to the Flying Spaghetti Monster today and low and behold...Hampden is a Noodly Haven

Now this sounds like a church for me

If you haven't already you must check this out. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is helping to redefine the space between crazy religious zealots and just plain old fashioned fun. The FSM was designed as a response to Intelligent Design, and in its bizarre creation makes almost as much sense. The faux religion, has followers Pastafarians, a holy book The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and a blog, and some nifty artwork.

The best part in my opinion is the FSM creator is a "25-year-old out-of-work physics major" with some time on his noodles.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

A Thanks To...( Don Imus?)

Today I received an email from Nike that was rather unexpected, and uplifting. You can read it for yourself below. The purpose of this email was for Nike to put their mouth where their money is. Nike spends billions a year promoting and sponsoring athletes of all races, genders, creeds, countries, etc. Some might think that it is to the detriment of sports on the whole. In this case Nike decided to put the weeks events surrounding Don Imus into perspective. The way they did so was this simple email reaffirming their support of all athletics. In a way Don Imus is to thank for reminding us all the positive impact that sports has been in social change.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Will Ferrell Gets It

This is a big week of great discovery. First an iTunes challenger, now a youtube challenger created by Will Ferrell. If this first video is any indication of what is to come, I think I have seen my last dancing meat-head on YouTube.

Monday, April 16, 2007

iTunes gathers bird droppings

if you are one of the growing number of disgruntled iTunes users, this is for you:

Get Songbird

Songbird has built a media player with the ease of iTunes and the power of Firefox. Take a look at their screencast to get the nitty gritty on what is possible with this player. Like Firefox, Songbird allows developers to produce add-ons for further customization.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

A Holiday Worth Celebrating

"We are all sort of bound by a common thread, regardless of where we come from"
"You make enough money and at some point you stop caring about what you did in the past, because if its not making money it's not making sense."
That's what National High Five Day is to its creators. National High Five Day falls on the third Thursday of April each year, which happens to be April 19th this year. Give a little love, slap a little skin (up high)