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Copyright: what do we want it to do?
Cory Doctorow cuts to the heart of the matter, as usual. Great read.
corydoctorow  copyright  culture  media  share  4blogpost 
november 2010 by kkennedy
PressThink: "Where's the Business Model for News, People?"
FTA: 'It’s worth going back to the first business model in reportage: the merchants, traders, and other “men of affairs” in early modern Europe who employed letter-writers in cities where the man of affairs did not happen to be located. These letters—the most famous example is the Fugger Letters from the latter 16th century—conveyed much the same news that a trader would want today: prices, conditions for trade and transport, what the local authorities were up to, rumors of war, court news and gossip, natural disasters, and anything the people were seriously buzzed about.'
history  journalism  future  media  news  advertising  blogging  economics  culture  internet 
may 2009 by kkennedy
The Big Takeover : Rolling Stone
Well done! This is the kind of article that I not only like to see, but I'd love BOTH sides to respond to, with meaningful analysis (including citations). FTA: 'The best way to understand the financial crisis is to understand the meltdown at AIG. AIG is what happens when short, bald managers of otherwise boring financial bureaucracies start seeing Brad Pitt in the mirror.'
politics  economics  corruption  economy  2008crash  bailout  culture  finance  government 
march 2009 by kkennedy
As if Things Weren't Bad Enough, Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S.
Ooookay. Definitely worth a followup in 2010. Here in Georgia, I'll be a member of the "Texas Republic", which will be "part of Mexico or under Mexican influence". Right. I'm thinking it's as or more likely that Mexico will have disintegrated by then.
wsj  future  followup  predictions  politics  culture 
december 2008 by kkennedy
What Your Mailman Knows (Part 1 of 2)
This is a REALLY good article on the the topic on the consequences of pseudonymity, the media, and well, just the plain unavoidable creepiness of how much your postman (and by extension, Amazon, Netflix, etc.) know about you. Worth noodling on.
privacy  culture 
october 2008 by kkennedy
Neal Stephenson: The Fork - Science Fiction versus Mundane Culture
Simply EXCELLENT vidcast / audio-only podcast (both available) by Neal Stephenson discussing SF as a genre, the evolution of media culture, and the SF Geek vs. the Mundane (38 minutes)
geek  scifi  writing  media  culture 
july 2008 by kkennedy

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