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The television will not be revolutionized

I’m looking forward to Christian Sandvig’s Tuesday talk at the Berkman Center:

THE TELEVISION CANNOT BE REVOLUTIONIZED

Tuesday, April 6, 12:30 pm

Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor

RSVP required for those attending in person (rsvp@cyber.law.harvard.edu)

This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after.

ABSTRACT

Video on the Internet briefly promised us a cultural future of decentralized production and daring changes in form–even beyond dancing kittens and laughing babies. Yet recent developments on sites like YouTube, Hulu, and Fancast as well as research about how audiences watch online video both suggest a retrenchment of structures from the old “mass media” system rather than anything daring. In this talk I’ll argue that choices about the distribution infrastructure for video will determine whether all our future screens will be the same.

ABOUT CHRISTIAN

Christian Sandvig is a Fellow of the Berkman Center and Associate Professor in Communication, Media, and at Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds the Ph.D. in communication from Stanford University. In 2006 he received the Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation in the area of Human-Centered Computing.

All part of what one might see as the Berkman Center’s recent (past couple of years) theme that the Internet isn’t working out the way some of us hoped. (Note that the Berkman Center doesn’t really have a theme. I’m just pointing to a trend that may be more of a result of selective perception on my part, reflecting changes in my own thinking.)

Note the info about RSVPing if you want to attend, and the fact that it will be webcast live…

8 Responses to “The television will not be revolutionized”

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  2. > “that the Internet isn’t working out the way some of us hoped. ”

    More cynical view: “That the social-media bubble has burst” :-(

    http://sethf.com/infothought/blog/archives/000873.html

  3. There might be linkage between the Internet not working out as hoped with the infrastructure not advancing in bandwidth as hoped. Who wants television revolutionized anyway? Don’t overlook the increasing video creation by users over institutional production.

  4. like to see set programming on internet that can just run like on traditional tv.

  5. I might be a change monger but to me
    it s more like our brain rewiring is slower then our intuitions of it will be
    like when we were all waiting for a cyberspace citizenship and all they came out with was second life
    it takes time…

  6. The internet was originally the free ground for new media, social media, free press, etc., and it certainly has found a way to assimilate bit by bit into major corporate hands. Hulu is a perfect example, when 5 months ago you could watch a program with only one 15 second advertisement, and now you have to sit through 2 minutes worth of commercials during an episode. Small steps towards the old model. Where is the innovation?

    I would like to recommend and interview series of professional journalists and media specialists,
    http://www.ourblook.com/index.php?topic=future_of_journalism
    in which they discuss a variety of related regarding media and journalism.

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