Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Lawyer Lawrence Lessig...

...does a TED talk in 2007 on the potential of the Internet and how outdated laws are choking creativity. (H/t Gabby)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Student Blogs

As Carly writes, a videogame mag bites the dust, while videogame blogs persevere.

Nicole wrote of 30 Rock making fun of its corporate parent again.

Brittany found a NYT quote from earlier this year:
"By the end of 2012, South Korea intends to connect every home in the country to the Internet at one gigabit per second. That would be a tenfold increase from the already blazing national standard and more than 200 times as fast as the average household setup in the United States."

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Why don't we have public TV like this in U.S.?

Weeks before the Iraq invasion, Jeremy Paxman of BBC's "Newsnight" and skeptical British citizens literally cross-examined Prime Minister Tony Blair about evidence/reasons/legality behind the invasion -- an interview that became part of last year's official Iraq inquiry in Britain. (Here's another tough Paxman interview of Blair having nothing to do with Iraq.)

In our country, bullying from politicians + lack of insulated funding = embarrassing timidity at so-called "public television" evidenced by PBS surgically removing Tina Fey's swipes at Sarah Palin from a broadcast a year ago.

Country by country comparisons of spending on public broadcasting in this study (at page 31.)

MIT's Annual Biz Plan Competition now allows...

...1-minute YouTube videos to complement written and in-person pitches(H/t public radio's Marketplace)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Maya "twittering" behind...

...Obama's back.

And Kera seems to have scooped outlets like L.A. Times and Huffington Post on the Miley Cyrus video supporting Occupy Wall Street worldwide.

Friday, November 25, 2011

USA and Fast Internet

USA is behind other countries when it comes to broadband access (15th place) and Internet speed(23rd place).

There's a digital divide in our country whereby middle-class kids like my daughters grew up with Web-accessed computers in the home, while kids in rural areas and inner cities don't have computers or fast Internet.

In 2009, big Internet providers such as Verizon, Comcast, AT&T
for any of the billions in stimulus grants for building out broadband infrastructure, according to the Wall St. Journal, because recipients of our tax money had to agree to respect Net Neutrality or Internet Non-discrimination.

In August 2010, Keith Olbermann did a segment about Net Neutrality on his now-defunct show on MSNBC. Olbermann exited MSNBC as it was being taken over by Net Neut-foe Comcast. (I was asked to appear on a talk-radio show on a big city station to analyze Oblermann's exit from MSNBC; when I suggested a link to the Comcast takeover and criticized Comcast's opposition to Net Neutrality, a producer asked me during a commercial break to stop the "Comcast-bashing" because "they're our biggest sponsor.")

Thursday, November 17, 2011

ABC News is gathering photos...

...from various sources about Occupy Wall Street, and maintaining an ongoing slideshow, including photos from arrests today. H/t Julianne)