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Free Online Content, and Its Discontents

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Does anyone else worry that the proliferation of free online content has increasingly devalued the sorts of artistic media (writing, videos, pictures, music etc.) that can be freely and easily distributed online to the extent that it is going to ultimately discourage creative people from going into those fields (i.e. getting liberal arts/journalism degrees and other education in those fields) since they can’t really profit from doing those things– which is going to degrade the quality of that content overall until it’s really not even worth paying for anyway?

AKIE BERMISS: Free online content. While many have moved on the practical solutions to this new state of things this is a question of — still! — grave importance to me.  iIs been over a decade since the mp3 was introduced to the world and still the music industry is reeling from the blows of that technological leap. Continue reading

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Community vs. 30 Rock

AKIE BERMISS: I was an early adopter of Community. It debuted when I still had cable and I still watched television live. But it was one of the last shows I did that with. Increasingly, as a man pushing thirty, I’ve found new television shows have very little to offer me. I don’t get excited by reality shows — the pseudo-drama just doesn’t do it for me — and, being a professional singer and vocal teacher, I can’t stand shows like American Idol or The Voice. So I was finding myself marginalized more and more by primetime television. Call me old fashioned but I miss the days of primetime half-hour sitcoms followed by hour-long dramas at 10pm. To me, those were the days. I guess I was young and things seemed simpler then. But also, I rather think if I am going to sit down and waste an hour, I’d rather it be scripted material performed by professionals and shot by experienced techies.

CHRIS PUMMER: I think Akie’s comparison of 30 Rock to the dynastic Bulls of Michael Jordan is apt. Because while Community is brilliant, 30 Rock has been at least that brilliant for much longer now. Continue reading

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Adult-Shaped Children

NAVA BRAHE: I was 24 when I moved out of my parents house. But, that was 1991. Hard to believe that almost 20 years ago, a $25,000.00 yearly salary was enough to pay rent, $600 a month with utilities included, with enough left over for some recreational activities. I won’t bother withholding the fact that my dad was magnanimous enough to throw me an extra couple hundred bucks a month, but that was about it. These days, you’d be hard pressed to find a 24 year-old who has the means to live on his or her own.

KIP MOONEY: Was it too outrageous for me to think I could do it like my dad did more than 25 years ago? Graduating, starting a career, and marrying the love of his life all in the same month? I accomplished the first of the three and I feel like that’s hardly an accomplishment at all, considering that it didn’t advantage me at all. And I don’t know how close I am to those other two. Next year? Five years? Not to sound like a martyr, but I did everything right and still got the shaft. I would give anything for a job in my field and to be living somewhere other than with my parents.
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The Unemployed: Key 2010 Constituency?

JESSICA BADER: If the sort of organized activity among the unemployed depicted in that article is more than just a handful of isolated anecdotes, it could be a serious game-changer in politics as we know it. Not necessarily because it aligns with one party and not just because it entails more sophisticated political action than marching around waving posterboard signs in the air, but because it could alter the incentives that elected officials face.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I’d like to believe that the combination of GOP policies, 2010 technology and the worst economy in decades will coalesce to produce the silver lining of the unemployed rising as one and voting in their economic self-interest like never before. Consider me unconvinced, and not for the disgusting rationales offered by many Republicans (that the unemployed are too lazy, for instance). Continue reading

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Is Privacy Dead?

AKIE BERMISS: Privacy is not dead! Not by any means — to say so is to cry fire in a crowded theater. You see, the trouble is privacy COULD be dead at any moment. It takes only a few ideal conditions to be met and few of the wrong kinds of people to be at the helm when they do and suddenly: there’s no such thing as privacy. These days its not that privacy is dead, not even that its really become so much of a privilege either (for those who would argue that the wealthy and powerful are the only ones who can afford to maintain privacy) — but rather its become a responsibility. And for us here in America, that’s a new thing. Continue reading

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Online Privacy

AKIE BERMISS: The internet is, as yet, the untamed beast of our great technological wilderness. Pretty much every week there is some new internet scourge — be it a virus, spam-mailers, information theft, or even just invasions of privacy.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: The question of internet privacy has only become more complicated as the number of ways there are for people to share things about themselves online have increased, as has their access to the web at all times. It also depends highly on personal preference: One person’s deepest, darkest secret is another person’s Tuesday morning Tweet.

EMILY SAIDEL: More often then not, when I talk with my peers about privacy concerns, I receive blank stares in return. Not because they aren’t aware that the privacy of their spending, their likes, their friends and social connections, is being encroached, but because that isn’t a point for concern. “So, what?” is the casual response. Continue reading

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Leno/Conan: The Last Late Night War

EMILY SAIDEL: The Leno-Conan debacle presents a soap opera whose main plot is the failed experiment of short-term planning. David Carr at the New York Times intelligently questions the continued relevancy of this television format and the changing styles of television viewing. But the core of the issue was short-sighted vision, compounded with a lack of understanding of the changing television environment.

HOWARD MEGDAL: The fascinating part of the Leno/Conan debacle, for me, is less about the serious series of miscalculations made by NBC, and more how within a few years, few people will understand at all the resonance of “The Tonight Show” at all. Continue reading

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Online News: Free OR Pay Model (updated 4/1 at 11:16 P.M.)

STEVE MURPHY: Newspapers need to adjust to a new, modern business model that leverages their large audience and brand name to find new sources of revenue.
CHRIS PUMMER: Online advertising revenue has fallen short of creating newspaper utopia, now the freeloaders have to pony up. Continue reading

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