Posts from May 12, 2005

Breaking the codes

Breaking the codes

: In his very good coverage of l’affaire Spokane at PressThink, Len Witt points to a plethora of codes of journalistic ethics.

Methinks the volume of codes of ethics is, itself, a symptom of a problem. Doth we protest too much? Are we overcomplicating it? Are we overcompensating?

Doesn’t it pretty much add up to this: Don’t lie. Don’t sell out.

Close enough for Current

Close enough for Current

: Current.TV blogger Robin Sloan reacts to my post on tolerance for lower-quality video opening up new content possibilities:

You know, I remember asking Current broadcast facility manager Brett Kotheimer what video quality we’d consider a minimum threshold for VC2. His answer surprised me: I expected him to say, “Oh, standard DV with good lighting” or something. Instead he said (and I paraphrase): “Hey, as long as there’s a recognizable image, it’s potentially useful.”

Brett is serious about running a facility that uses professional expertise to make sure Current’s signal is rock-solid and broadcast-quality — and puts it to work in service of all kinds and qualities of video, from the sharpest in-house field reports to the roughest (but, perhaps, most compelling) VC2 submissions.

Again: Bring on the webcams, baby.

It’s the content that counts.

Damn

Damn

: Treonauts reports that the Verizon Treo 650 will not have EVDO high-speed data. Damn. Guess I’ll stick with Sprint.

The satire tag

The satire tag

: Big, old media needs to get a sense of humor. Straight out satires have been taken as real by the big guys twice recently:

: When a fake Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared on Howard Stern’s show and proposed blowing up the moon — with the fringe benefit of ending women’s PMS and bitchiness — Joe Scarborough on MSNBC took it seriously and lectured Arnold about sexism. Now, the guy’s a good Schwarzenegger impersonator but still, there were scores of clues in the bit that it was a bit.

: The Swift Report — a good and often very funny satire site — put out a press release from the Coalition for Traditional Values upset over Laura Bush’s off-color jokes and TV-watching habits. Now, of course, what makes that so funny is that it’s so close to the truth. But it was just a joke. Nonetheless, Rush Limbaugh, MSNBC, and Drudge fell for it.

[via Lost Remote]

Alex Beam says: “Poor dears. Don’t they know the Golden Rule of the digital age? On the Internet, no one can hear you lying.”

Lying? How about joking, Alex? Nobody was trying to lie. They were trying to tell a joke. But big, old media just didn’t get it.

Maybe we need to add courses in remedial humor to journalism schools.

Or maybe big, old media just needs to lighten up. Big, old media apparently has been too depressed lately from falling audience and advertising. Big, old media needs to get a big drink. Or big, old media needs to get laid. Something.

Google goes local and more local

Google goes local and more local

: Google buys localized social networking tool Dodgeball. A founder celebrates. Their teacher celebrates. Rex Hammock says they didn’t acquire a tiny company with two talented founders; he said they acq-hired.

Google moves past organizing the world’s content to creating the world’s content (Blogger) to storing and serving the world’s content (video) to organizing your own content (desktop ap) to organizing your town (local) to organizing your friends (Orkut and now Dodgeball).

Just now, I said to Michael Powell at lunch (more on that later) that what we really want to do is Google our lives.

: ADD: Yelvington.