"the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time..." -- Kerouac

Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Well, not really, but I urgently want you to browse
this amazing site which is considering many of the things we consider but is way ahead of us on a lot of stuff.
Especially look at this article which I think might open up our consideration of Vlogs, not just in terms of what they are but how they function "socially" and also whether they -- like other stuff we've considered -- represent a revolution in people freely sharing "ïnformation" (in the broadest sense of the word, in ways that used to be controlled by owners of media pipelines. Dig? I mean, is "Rocket Boom," just kind of SNL stripped from its corporate moorings? And didn't the MSM make that possible by letting SNL become such thin, puny gruel?

And this one just kind of asks that question in a different context.


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At 6:31 PM, Blogger Jon Garfunkel said...

Colin-- thanks for reading! I saw a referral in my logs. I do hope that is an excellent resource for you and your class.

Oddly enough, while I didn't quite give that appraisal of "Rocket Boom," naturally it follows from my thinking. I did take a look at Miss Congdon's clip and wasn't quite sure why it was particularly relevant to the Corante conference.

At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These academes are on a hot subject, but they seem to be missing a most obvious, working (humming) example of a thriving ‘grassroots’ news structure: the Independent Media Center web network ( ). Some indymedia sites contain video news footage, shot by the kind of amateur, unpaid but dedicated ‘journalists’ that populate the network. The kind of footage (and ‘journalism’) that made stories like Rodney King happen. Big potential, largely untapped in the typically myopic blogosphere.

At 11:57 AM, Blogger Dems for Education said...

I can't believe people don't get paid for all this. Fascinating (but a little bit dry). It really is more ezine than blog.

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