Internet Suicide, Tricking the World & Orson Welles 2.0

We’ve seen live suicide on the Internet before – In a striking display of the power of live video, Abraham K. Biggs committed suicide on Wednesday while broadcasting himself on video site Justin.tv. As we understand it from various forum posts, the 19-year-old Floridian was apparently egged on by commenters on Justin.tv and fellow forum users […]

Accelerating Toward the Future of Content

Three years ago I was Fresh Off the Car, having just graduated from Syracuse, and completed the pilgrimage to Los Angeles. I was at a bar (Most likely El Guapo, since everyone starts there. It’s like the  WME mailroom of LA bars.) and got into an… altercation with a lovely lady about the future of […]

Google Wave: The emergence of a new Ecosystem, the Platform to Save Us All

I’m one day into the private beta of Google Wave. There are about one million people signed up and using it, while the rest of the world still clamors to get in (A co-worker sold an invite for $20 yesterday, and sign up URLs are going for $75). Why is everyone stumbling over themselves to […]

The Facebook Biography or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love my Lack of Privacy

Back in the bad good-old-days; Before Facebook, AOL, Compuserve, BBS’s, DARPANET, and computers the size of that lady I see in Coffee Bean every morning, peoples lives were mostly private. You’d have to put in some time and true effort to let the world know what you thought about last nights episode of 3 Stooges […]

Billions and Billions

In 1994, Apple Computer began developing the Power Macintosh 7100. They chose the internal code name “Carl Sagan”, the reference being that the mid-range PowerMac 7100 should make Apple “billions and billions”. Today YouTube announced that they serve one Billion videos a day. So in honor of that, is this:

NBC Loves Random Dancing and Transcends Mediums in the Process

Last nights Season Finale of ‘The Office’ ends in the epic “Office Wedding Dance’ (above). Leave it to ‘The Office’ to transcend mediums and spoof this popular viral in a way as… touching as the original. Perhaps even more as we know Pam, Jim, and the rest of Dunder Mifflin in an intimate way that only television (At least, for the moment) can create.

I wrote about the original JK Wedding Dance previously and it’s now more important than being Sony’s #8 music video on YouTube (And I bet that will rise the ranks for a few days following the Office spoof). It’s a new kind of Traditional and New Media merge – One of content and ideas rather than technical or distribution paradigms. It sets a precedent that it’s ok for TV to copy the Web. Audiences will get it.

The Music Industry’s Gotta Feeling

Sure, there are production snafus, but the 172 communication students (And boy, Com majors really are the same everywhere) who put together this one-take ‘lipdub‘ did a damn good job. Allegedly only took them two takes, but I assume hours of planning. Impressive stuff. You know what else is impressive? Half a million views in […]

Miles Davis and Nintendo, Together at Last.

Kind of Duped – My parents wouldn’t let my brother and me get a Nintendo way back when. I’ve since blamed most of my disfunction’s and shortcomings on that one simple decision. While my brother and I did pool our money to buy a used one, we could only sneak in a level here and […]