April 16, 2009
Are we surprised? The man is older than water.
Think Progress has the transcript of the exchange between King and his guest, Roseanne Barr:
KING: The Internet as a political medium viable?
BARR: Yes, it’s like the only one left, absolutely, and that’s not just me saying it. That’s everybody saying it.
KING: But there’s 80 billion things on it.
BARR: Yes, but if you know where to look, you know, it all can come together. When you’re looking for the particular information that you’re looking for after you do the big search, this is what I found out by going on there, it just takes your mind and then you live in there forever. You can never come out.
KING: I’ve never done it, never gone searching.
BARR: Oh, my God! It just opens up the whole universe. It’s so awesome. You would love it.
KING: No, I wouldn’t.
BARR: Anything you want to know.
KING: The wife loves it. I wouldn’t love it. What do you punch little buttons and things?
BARR: You just click on this thing. The thing is you got to be able to read, so you have to have strong glasses when you’ve over 50 and then you just scroll down and click. It’s not that hard. I can show you how to do it.
KING: No, thanks.
Think Progress also has the video.
April 2, 2009
Anyone that recently read the three-part New York Times blog series on American broadband access knows that most industrialized countries have it cheaper, faster, and more readily available that we do. (LAME.)
If that didn’t get you frustrated enough, Time Warner has introduced more cities to a 40 GB per user cap on all downloading (which will be slow because it’s coming from Time Warner). Unfortunately, Time Warner is the third but also the most stingy to join the capping party: Comcast caps at 250 GB and AT&T at 150 GB.
What’s especially disgusting in the cases of Comcast and Time Warner, both of which are also cable TV companies, is that they are essentially discouraging the downloading of HD video, the largest consumer of bites, via the internet (iTunes, Hulu, YouTube), which pushes the consumer to watch it through – drumroll, please – their cable-company owned, monthly-subscription required, set-top DVR box.
More at Gizmodo.
February 10, 2009
While it used to seem like the death knell was only sounding for print newspapers, it’s recently become clear that magazines and books are also hurting (e.g., HarperCollins just dumped Collins). Former editor of Time magazine Walter Isaacson currently has a cover story in his old magazine optimistically titled, “How To Save Your Newspaper.”
Mr. Isaacson essentially argues that the notion that began print media’s move to the internet – that content on the internet should be free – must be abandoned. It was originally thought that this content could be supported through ad revenue but not only is this not sustainable, as we’re now discovering, it creates a relationship where the creator is tied to the interests of the advertisers instead of the reader. Mr. Isaac says that online readers need to start paying piecemeal for content they want, like they do on iTunes. During his interview with Jon Stewart, Jon suggests that newspapers adopt a radio or cable model, where the aggregators (Drudge Report, Daily Beast, this blog), pay a fee to the creator to “rebroadcast” their content and the user pays a fee to have access to the aggregator’s content (like when you pay a fee to your cable company to get all of Viacom’s stations).
The Wall Street Journal still charges for all of it’s online content and the Old Grey Lady recently announced they may go back to charging for some or all online content after previously abondoning a fee for select content.
It’s clear something has to be done to save quality writing and journalism, as noted during the Daily Show interview (paraphrased), ‘somebody’s gotta pay to send journalists to Iraq.‘
Sources: How To Save Your Newspaper (Time Magzine); Walter Isaacson on The Daily Show.