Book Review: Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge: A View From Europe

Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge: A View From Europe by Jean-Noël Jeanneney Today being Sunday, I found myself at Book People, our local independent bookstore. The onslaught against the independent bookstore that started with Crown Books, continuing through Barnes & Noble, Bookstar, etc., and now culminating in Amazon.com is almost complete. (Nothing against […]

Still shilling after all these years….

So here’s the latest and greatest from the EFFluviati—“sign the petition” says the link you find on various webpages:“EFF is the leading civil liberties group defending your rights in the digital world. Sign the petition to stop the RIAA lawsuits!” Well you don’t say, I thought. How high minded and pure souled. And I’d be […]

Chasing the long tail….

I must confess that it is a happy day for me when I get through 24 hours without hearing anyone say “the long tail”, reading yet another lionization of copyright pirates in Wired Magazine (See: “Shawn Hogan, Hero“), hearing the words China, India and advertising used in the same sentence as “save our industry”, or […]

And they all moved away from me on the bench, or Google’s Bad Advice

A group of leading entertainment and technology companies have announced the “UGC Principles” that they wish to follow as industrywide standards. Absent—of course—is Google. There are many principles that the group of companies, including Microsoft, have agreed to follow. These companies—we might call them the Principled Group—adhere to one basic tenant, from which all others […]

Generation L and the Promotional Value of YouTube

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=479791&in_page_id=1770&in_a_source= Here’s a real-world example of the great “rise of the amateur” we hear so much about (debunked by Andrew Keen in the wonderful book The Cult of the Amateur). A musician downloaded free software and made a recording on his computer that according to one of those insane websites that thinks they can use […]