The Future of TV vs VON

I attended the first and my first Video on the Net conference in Boston this September 2006. Jeff Jarvis writes about the example of VON. For me it was illuminating, provoking, and worth the time spent. Like all great conferences, it is the classic Rendezvous – as Michener described in Centennial where the mountain men – traders, explorers, and scouts shared maps, bragged about their new technology (guns, traps and boats) and mixed it with great social fun. And Video On the Net is certainly an enormous frontier whose discovery will cause great changes in civilization even if the club venue is the Herding Cats.

What impressed me most about both Jeff Jarvis and Andrew Baron was their insistence on sharing and teaching what they know. Here! this is how I built my vlog, this is how I built my station, these are my tools – go do it and let’s build the next Internet community together.  These kinds of personalities and character traits are how you launch technology revolutions.

When you meet them in the flesh – Andrew and Jeff share with all. The TV affiliate model is laid to waste by the sheer reach of the Internet. Realize now that IP TV is the inevitable future. What this means, and Rocketboom is seriously testing the financial and legal waters, is that “syndication” via channeled communities depends on International rather than provincial “rights of the air”. So come learn the New Rules in the making.

The difference between new media rendevous and old media ones that Jeff avoids is that you will get 10 really new ideas at a show like Video on the Net, and at Future of TV you will get a few more justifacations on how to fend off the barbarian when you go before the board and justify a declining budget.

Web Stations

The Internet abounds with web servers but today in 2006, I think a web station is the better conceptual model. You run it from home along with all your other web activities.  Jeff Jarvis writes  about recent Tivo marketing activities but Think Big is my motto.

When Tivo (IP in) meets Slingbox (IP out) on a cheap server with a first class CPU chasis that can add Terabyte drives (only $560 at Costco now) then you have the grounds for a Home Internet TV Station. From your home beacon – your radio station, your favorite movies, pass through to live TV, HBO, CNN, XM radio, other Internet programming – this all goes out to wherever you are.

Tivo, with its incredible interface, has a basic IP connector into the home that brings down Internet programming like Rocketboom as  you can Tivo Steve Colbert or any other show. Their IP out is very poor compared to Slingbox which is the master of media streaming with its circuitry for IP out of the home.

When the Home Internet TV Station appears I will be ready for it. As long as it has an Apple or even better, a Tivo quality interface.

Web Evolution

John Markoff reports in the New York Times about the evolution of the Web, with claimants that they are defining Web 3.0. As if Web 2.0 (oreilly, wiki) was settled, Arthur C. Clarke predicted a “Global Library” for 2005 in 1958. His chart of the future that runs to the year 2100 from his book Profiles of the Future. In the chapter Obsolescence of Man, he infers that all this Interneting is one great techno-rehearsal to build the ultimate robot and posits the logical endpoint of the Internet is a “world brain” appearing in 2095.

I don’t yet buy Web 3.0 which seems to be a rehash of the artificial intelligencers. Not as all as exciting as the ad-hoc Web 2.0 rebirth of the Internet. Even for Doug Lenat’s Cycorp, a 3.0 claimant, his thesauric common sense research first begun while at MCC, fails to recognize that there is a cybernetic epistemology, an objective language, and protocol whereby people and machines have to declare and project their representation. (similar ideas today are the Ontology Web). Continue reading

Magazines: Life of the Month Club

Jarvis continues his nonstop examination of mass media, this zetetic installment – on magazines and their opportunity on the Internet:

And it starts here: The editor of a magazine finds the good stuff and the people who make it. That attracts the rest of us, who like the same good stuff they like. That has always been the essence of the magazine value and brand. But now the internet makes it possible for me to find the good stuff my fellow readers have found. [With print magazines] I couldn’t see the stuff my fellow readers liked. Now we can, thanks to the internet — if, that is, the magazine in the middle allows it.

Magazines mediate monthly assemblies with on average a 10MB print limit in the physical world. On the Internet the frequency of publishing is instantaneous and a monthly cycle is not meaningful. To put a magazine on the Internet is like making a motion picture of a painting. The feedback of the net is immediate and iterative. A magazine’s page or two of letters to the editor gives way to entire blogs, essays and the actual lives of readers in the infinite depth of the Internet. No publisher could print 500 GB of matter on even an annual basis and sell it on a stand.

Old media just assumed we were interested in what they told us to be interested in.

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Beyond Bodacious

Iraq Death and Fashion

War news and its real events are gruesome, but the chyron at the bottom of TV makes me wonder who is in the control room? Here the picture of the killed Husseins is the backdrop for the dancing Chyron that reads “Beyonce hates being called bodacious.” Reading between the Chyrons, you see control room feeders and timers as newsmakers, not the news itself.  

In the broadcast control room, Sadam’s hanging erdict outweighs the suppression of James Baker’s critical Iraq Study Group reports – so as not to influence our national election. What you are supposed to see, pictured large and what you are imagining you are seeing contrast with the writing is sometimes laughable. It makes you wonder who is beyond the screen in the control room. A circus master of the three ring circus or robot imbeciles? Continue reading