The Boy Scouts and the MPAA

October 24, 2006

Another great and insightful post from Dave Slusher. The battle for the next generation of Internet users is on. What are we going to call these guys, the YouTube/Google generation? The GooTube generation?

Here is a link to the pdf describing this program.


Disney Orgy – Messing With The Brand

October 13, 2006

How out of control are companies with regard to their brands? Very. Check this video out; shot backstage at Disneyland Paris presumably by a Disney cast member. The combination of cheap, mobile video recording and media sharing social networks like YouTube make this kind of thing all to easy. I’m sure these cast members thought they were backstage and therefore in a safe place where they don’t have to be “on”. Backstage should be a safe place for employees but someone did shoot the video and it did get out. Disney’s new or reinforced policy will be, when you have the outfit on, you’re “on”, no matter where you are. Think of Abu Ghraib in Iraq. People casually taking digital pictures, but with the power of the network, they got out and created a firestorm.

It also means as a person living in this connected world, you have to be extra careful of what you do or say. You could be recorded at any time, by anyone. So where are the lines drawn? Does anyone have the right to record you with audio, video or a photo and share that to the world? Do you control those permissions? Will there be a wave of lawsuits by people who have not consented to have their image or voice published on the Internet?

Palm Treo Breaks News

October 13, 2006

Using a Palm Treo 700, a Fox News cameraman was able to shoot video and send it directly to Fox which proceeded to use it live on-air. This is the first time a major news organization has used live streaming video from a cell phone. The cameraman was actually on a completely different assignment but was close by when a single-engine plane crashed into an apartment building in downtown New York. The software technology used is called CometVision from Comet Video Technologies.

With so many cell phones now having camera and video capabilities, this kind of on the spot citizen media link to major new outlets will only increase. I can see the possibility for an affiliate citizen media program. For every photo I make available to a major news outlet, I can get compensated. For every minute of video I provide, I can make a little cash. How soon until we see fake, staged news events created by people who want to see their stuff on tv or who just want to screw with the system?

Google and YouTube Sitting in a Tree…

October 6, 2006

Internet video king YouTube is so valuable it’s almost impossible not for them to sell. But it will take someone with a good deal of cash and moxie to pull it off. Enter Google. Google has been trying to enter the video space for the past year but their Google Video offering has been panned by most observers. So, if you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em. Purchasing YouTube would rocket Google to the top of the on-line video market. It would also give them lots of juicy video content to sell Google Adsense off of. I think it’s a great deal for Google to do and I just hope when/if the to get YouTube, they don’t screw it up. Years ago, Google bought then leading blog firm Blogger and since it’s died on the vine. So far, Yahoo has done a much better job of integrating their purchases into their overall product.

CBS To Shoot “Genius Bar”

October 4, 2006

CBS is going forward with plans to shoot a pilot episode of a sit-com they are calling Genius Bar.

the series centers on the interactions between employees at the customer help bar in an Apple-esque store and the employees at a near by Abercrombie & Fitch-style store.

This show, if it ever gets past the pilot, will be a complete disaster. The biggest clue, beyond the insane concept, is that one of the people behind the show concept is a “consumer marketing expert”. Enough said.

The Knack Sues Apple – Too Little, Too Late

October 4, 2006

When in doubt, sue. The Knack(My Sharona) is suing Apple, Yahoo, and among others in a copyright claim over the Run DMC song “It’s Tricky”. Apparently the Run DMC song used an unauthorized sample from The Knack’s big hit My Sharona. It’ s Tricky came out in 1986 but The Knack says they didn’t hear it until 2005. The Knack is also going after Run DMC, producers, record labels. Hell, sue ’em all! There is a three year statute of limitation that has way run out by now, but why let a pesky little thing like that get in your way.

What do you do when royalties from My Sharona have all dried up and you’re running out of cash? Sue somebody of course. It’s the new American way.

XM Growing but Sirius Gaining Fast

October 4, 2006

Satellite radio king XM added 285,000 new subscribers in the third quarter, bringing their total subscriber base to 7.19 million. Chief rival Sirius is gaining fast, however,xm logo adding 441,100 subscribers in the same third quarter. Their total subscriber base is now at 5.12 million.

Between Satellite radio, podcasts and iPods, who’s listening to the radio anymore? I haven’t turned on my fm or am radio bands in almost two years.