A Face For Radio
Vintage TV show You Are There represented early television’s attempt to evoke a live event by recreating a historical one. Kind of like reporting or blogging. As a TV show however, it was the kind of yawner that could only have aired at a time when the medium was desperate for content and network executives reasoned that any show that had enjoyed success on the radio couldn’t miss on TV. So what’s that got to do with NextFest 2008? Let me explain.
Mr. Micro Meet Mr. Blog
When I got the invitation to hear Wired Editor in Chief Chris Anderson talk about his book Free! I planned to blog the experience as I had the ABA TechShow and other events over the past few years.
But when I arrived at NextFest something told me this was going to be different. Maybe it was the pervasive use of blue lights or the elegant feng shui of the exhibits; maybe I had an epiphany wedged in the front row of the audience between one lady holding a video-camera over my head and another balancing a pocket recorder between thumb and forefinger inches from my face. Whatever the reason, I knew that I had to take evasive action. My answer: iPhone + Twitterphone. You can see the results in this companion post or choose to follow me on Twitter.
So…What’s The Connection?
As Anderson noted in his presentation, The Future of Free (which is really just his spin on Joseph Schumpeter‘s theory of “creative destruction”), there are a number of forces that link new ideas and new media, from You Are There in the early days of television to Twitter on the Internet. They are:
- Fear of scarcity brings out radically different behaviors than hopes of abundance
- The latter inevitably leads to waste – the good kind that encourages trial-and-error
- Where the cost of failure is virtually zero, experimentation will flourish
- Where people are trying new things all the time, at least 1 good idea is bound to assert itself
- If the attempt is a bust, the cycle can quickly restart thanks to low barriers and costs
In the end, You Are There wasn’t so much a TV show as a radio program retrofitted for the new medium. It wasn’t until mass adoption of TV-sets and the ubiquity of free programming a decade later that broadcasters began understanding that they could afford to fail and not lose their audience. The experience lead TV in directions that its inventors could never have foreseen.
The Future of Free! Is The Future of the Internet
The Internet is our generation’s zero-cost distribution system; our TV. Twitter itself is a perfect example of how the Internet has lead to waste – the wrong and right kinds. So what if Twitter and its clones turn out to be spectacular failures? It doesn’t matter; the eco-system created by the Internet is still at work so long as thousands of failures lead to 1 good idea. After all, that’s what the future of free is all about.
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ZDNets – Between the lines post
ZDnet was a technology space? The two videos posted reflect items captured on camera that reflect a negative response of the people. Which is usually hammered at by other’s with social agenda’s that at-times itself is a distraction.
Apple is planning on streaming video with the support of CCTV (funny enough-China Central Television). This can prove to be a tremendous break-through. Broadcasting feeds generated from Surveillance cameras. Only in such a “closed” lab like environment can this possibly take place.
The behind the scenes knowledge obtained, used the right way in a “free” society, can open avenues of possibilities today only on paper.
Chicago – only second to London is developing an infrastructure of surveillance cameras that now looks to encourage businesses to join the network through its 911 center. Is it possible the surveillance build up in these cities is connected with the Olympics? (Chicago is still in running to host 2016)
Not to overlook China’s other side, we have a strong tendency within our own media of “selective” messages.
One main role technology plays is finding alternate uses for ideas once there created. At times we leave this up to the “free” market to bring forward. If we spend to much time with the Orwellian theory, we risk the opportunity of missing something that may prove more important to society.
Communities across this great nation are embracing surveillance with the honorable objective of securing the land for the people. The camera was never in question, it is those behind the camera.
It is sad individuals don’t see this opportunity an trumpet in a new concept in using surveillance cameras. Maybe “hits/visitors” are more important the true content.
gives a review of AVVO’s new updates
Ed. Note: From the legendary Signal v. Noise blog comes this nugget of insight from the members of Chicago-based 37 Signals (readers of this blog already know how I feel about 37 Signals) : you’re not nearly as smart as you think. Wow .. it’s like they know me.
So somebody else built a successful business on that idea you had three years ago. What does that mean? That if you would just have pursued that idea, you would now automatically be enjoying their spoils? Sorry to burst your bubble, but I really don’t think so.
Ideas on their own are just not that important. It’s incredibly rare that someone comes up with an idea so unique, so protectable that the success story writes itself. Most ideas are nothing without execution.
Just because you thought of a site to share photos with friends wouldn’t have made you Flickr.
But I can see how fooling yourself into thinking otherwise is attractive. When someone else is having success with an idea similar to yours, it’s almost like you’re having that success, if only you would have pulled the trigger on it. It inflates the sense that your brilliant idea really was brilliant and that success was just a binary switch away (pursue/don’t).
On the other hand, it means that you don’t need divine inspiration to start a successful business. Doing well is not restricted only to those who can have paradigm-shifting ideas. You just need to do it better, or actually merely even good enough, to please enough paying customers that income can exceed expense and you’re off to a great start.
You’re probably too young to wear nostalgia gracefully, anyway.
SEATTLE, WA–(Marketwire – December 18, 2007) – In this opinion the U.S. District Court in Seattle, WA dismissed the class action complaint filed in June 2007 against nascent attorney-portal and rating site Avvo with prejudice. This blog has been following Avvo, and the Brown lawsuit, since its inception. Ironically, the suit probably drew more attention to Avvo than the site would have otherwise attracted. Take that Counselor.
In its motion to dismiss Avvo argued that its publication of attorney disciplinary information and the opinions of clients and colleagues, as well as its own numerical rating, constituted protected speech. The Court agreed, stating that all of the foregoing “are absolutely protected by the First Amendment and cannot serve as the basis for liability under state law.” In short, lawyers now have to take it as well as they give it out.
Avvo CEO Mark Britton, a lawyer himself, says Attorneys in the jurisdictions in which Avvo operates (currently Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington) had “better not pout, better not cry, better not shout I’m telling you why – Avvo-Clause is coming to town … to eat your lunch if you don’t come clean with clients.” Ed. Note. That quote may not have actually been from Mark Britton.
See other Avvo articles on the pm blog
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