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April 3, 2010

The television will not be revolutionized

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


Tuesday, April 6, 12:30 pm

Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor

RSVP required for those attending in person ([email protected])

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


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.


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…


June 19, 2009

Wikipedia goes video

David Talbot reports that Wikipedia is getting ready to make embedded video and important part of its content.

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February 3, 2008

Greatest political video ever?

I found the DipDive video to be emotionally overwhelming. Granted, I’m an Obama supporter. But reminding supporters why their candidate matters more than most candidates ever have is not such a little thing.

This is the organization that made that video.

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January 31, 2008

That’s a ton of video

Says a Center for Media Research Brief:

According to a recently published market report from AccuStream iMedia Research, user Generated Video (UGV) scored 22.4 billion views in 2007, up 70% over 2006.

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