Dennis Haarsager's rolling environmental scan for electronic media. "Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us." --Jerry Garcia "Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then." --Bob Seger
Brian Lamb of the University of British Columbia has an article in the current issue of EDUCAUSE Review which provides a very useful philosophical and practical overview of repurposing digital content and the application of this in education. By way of introduction, he writes:
... mashups involve the reuse, or remixing, of works of art, of content,
and/or of data for purposes that usually were not intended or even imagined by
the original creators. Although the historical roots of remix and mashup culture
are deep, the properties of digital media are what have given ordinary
individuals the power to reshape works on an unprecedented scale. In recent
years, with the emergence of Web 2.0, the ability to copy, to combine, and to
remix has been extended. Increasingly, it's not just works of art that are
appropriated and remixed but the functionalities of online applications as
well. ¶ For educators and policy-makers, already struggling with the many cultural
and logistical challenges posed by digital technologies, mashups complicate the
picture even while offering tremendous promise. What, exactly, constitutes a
valid, original work? What are the implications for how we assess and reward
creativity? Can a college or university tap the same sources of innovative
talent and energy as Google or Flickr? What are the risks of permitting or
opening up to this activity? ...
... Remix is the reworking or adaptation of an existing work. The remix may
be subtle, or it may completely redefine how the work comes across. It may add
elements from other works, but generally efforts are focused on creating an
alternate version of the original. A mashup, on the other hand,
involves the combination of two or more works that may be very different from
one another. In this article, I will apply these terms both to content
remixes and mashups, which originated as a music form but now
could describe the mixing of any number of digital media sources, and to
data mashups, which combine the data and functionalities of two or more
Web applications. ...
If you read the recent post below on Second Earth, you should also be interested in Andrea L. Foster's article on the work Professor Edward Castronova of Indiana University at Bloomington in the area of virtual world applications. Link: Chronicle of Higher Education. --Dennis
There's a terrific article with this title by Wade Roush in the July/August issue of Technology Review which describes a mind-expanding but imagined mash-up between (e.g.) Second Life and (e.g.) Google Earth -- to something called a metaverse. I've long thought that Second Life and its cousins were a natural place for visual storytelling, and particularly for educational applications. This makes it irresistible.
Sondra Russell works for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and
writes the following News Digest on a weekly basis. I think it's a
very nice piece of work, but it's distributed by email only. So she's
given me permission to quote it here so it can get RSS distribution and
also be seen by people outside of public broadcasting. Her email
address is srussell [at] cpb [dot] org. --Dennis
PaidContent: "Fox has tapped online TV distributor Brightcove to provide
its networks and studio with ad-supported internet video channels. The pact
will also give Fox the ability to target its broadband video directly to
Offers Web-Streaming Device As Option on HDTVs
From the WSJ: "The fight is intensifying in the battle to bring the
Internet -- and all the video available on it -- to a television near you. Sony
will include its Internet streaming device as an option in all of its new HD
television models this year."
programming wars: Comcast says 800 HD channels by 2009
From ArsTechnica: "At a press conference I attended at CES early this
year, DIRECTV proudly announced that it would have 100 HD channels available by
year end. Comcast is trying to trump its competitor by saying that it will have
over 800 HD channels by that time."
Passes Debates to a New Generation
From the NYT: "YouTube, which is owned by Google, and CNN are
co-sponsoring a debate among the eight Democratic presidential candidates on
July 23 in South Carolina, an event that could define the next phase of what
has already been called the YouTube election."
the Screen Is Tiny, but the Plans Are Big
ESPN isn't alone. Other companies, like CBS and MTV, as well as news
organizations like The Associated Press and magazine concerns like the Hearst
Corporation, are investing in original cellphone content.
New Media Fund Gets $27.3M from Government
From CBC: "Administered by Telefilm , the Canada New Media Fund
was created in 2001 to support the development, production, marketing and
distribution of original Canadian new media projects in both official
TNS Media Intelligence: "Internet display
advertising is projected to lead the market with 16.0 percent growth in 2007.
Network TV expenditures are expected to increase by just 1.3 percent. Small
declines are also projected for Radio (-0.3 percent)."
Radio Makes a Grab for Internet Listeners
From the NYT: "Confronted by a slow erosion of listeners who are turning
to iPods, podcasts and other sources for entertainment, the radio corporations
are trying to merge their over-the-air music and D.J. chatter with the
Developing Educational Site for Students From the
NYT: "The network is to announce an online venture intended as a
supplement to Advanced Placement high school courses in three subjects:
American history, government and English. The effort draws heavily on its
exhaustive film and video archives."
When Ryan Sholin’s manifesto on the future of newspapers appeared the other day, the blogosphere cheered loudly. “Great summary,” said one commenter, “Too bad they’re not listening.” ¶ “They” are the newspaper writers, editors, and journalists — and the
J-school teachers — whose attitudes and skills require a major
Get over the whole bloggers vs. journalists thing…
…you and Mr. Notebook need to make some new friends, like Mr. Microphone and Mr. Point & Shoot.
Although everything on Ryan’s 10-point list is devastatingly true,
it’s important to consider all the reasons why “they’re not listening.” ...
The president of BitTorrent, Ashwin Navin, writes:
Ohio University recently informed students that the use of peer-to-peer
technology has been banned from the campus computer network. The reasons cited
range from network congestion to malicious software to piracy. ¶ While the university acknowledges that there are legitimate uses of P2P
technologies, the blanket ban on the technology stands. ¶ By instituting this
ban, Ohio University has demonstrated a serious lack of understanding of P2P
technology's value and role on the Internet. Furthermore, the school has closed
its doors to innovation and shirked its responsibilities as an educational
Frank Langfitt had a great piece on NPR's All Things Considered yesterday about people who are teaching guitar over the Net, specifically, using YouTube. Included in the story was this about the seemingly asinine copyright rules under which we live:
... But if learning pop songs for free online sounds too good to be true, it may be. ¶ John Palfrey, executive director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, says most of the songs Sandercoe and Taub teach are under copyright. He thinks it's only a matter of time before a licensing company orders YouTube to take them down. ¶ "There's a very strong argument that the re-use of well-known chords in the sequence the instructor played them would be a violation of the copyright," Palfrey says. ...
Link: NPR. Be sure to listen to the audio version of this rather than just reading the transcript. --Dennis