Saturday, August 4, 2007

UGC Network to Acquire eBaum's World

eBaum's World, a nine-year-old Web site for sharing viral videos and content, has agreed to be acquired by HandHeld Entertainment to be added to its ZVUE network of humor-based Web sites.

The acquisition, which is expected to be finalized in October for approximately $17.5 million, marks the coming together of two mid-tier User Generated Content companies in order to better compete with the top ranked video sharing sites, like YouTube, AOL Video, MySpace Video and others, in bringing in advertising dollars and viewers, said Jeff Oscodar, president and CEO of HandHeld Entertainment.

"EBaum's is certainly mid-tier and top ten, they were bigger than our network was before we acquired them, and together we are up there with the largest sites on the Web," said Oscodar. "Our network gets a tremendous amount of traffic with this site and the quality of the traffic is outstanding."

EBaum's World was founded in 1998 and has developed a consistent following of users. Over the past year the site served over 2.5 billion unique page views and video streams, with an average time on site per user visit of more than 10 minutes, according to Oscodar. He said the site is one of the few UGC businesses currently turning a profit, as it made approximately $5.2 million in revenues and $1.6 million in net income before income taxes in 2006.

The eBaum's World site will be incorporated into HandHeld's ZVUE Network of Web sites including Putfile.com, Holylemon.com, UnOriginal.co.uk, YourDailyMedia.com, Dorks.com, FunMansion.com and ZVUE.com. The network is particularly targeted to the 18- to 35-year-old demographic, and the addition of eBaum content should be attractive to advertisers, Oscodar said.

"We have lots of premium commercial content that should be very attractive to the same demographic that is coming to eBaum's as well as other sites on our network," he said. "This puts us up in the upper echelon of highly trafficked UGC Web sites. That should be attractive to advertisers because of the serious reach that our network can provide."

The eBaum's World name will be retained by HandHeld, and its 10 employees are expected to remain with the new parent company.

Online Lifts French Ad Market

Interactive marketers catch up with European peers.

France was not an early leader in Internet usage, and French firms were relatively slow to advertise and market online.

Now Internet penetration and online marketing are up and France is the third-largest online advertising market in Europe, behind the United Kingdom and Germany. eMarketer estimates that the French online ad market will grow more than 34% during 2007, and total more than $4 billion by 2011.

"It's true that online advertising campaigns are fairly new to the French, and most French companies still put the bulk of their online efforts into Web sites and e-mail designed to communicate brand messages," says Karin von Abrams, eMarketer Senior Analyst and author of the new report, France Online Advertising. "But France is rapidly catching up and a number of the country's big brands are beginning to experiment with blogs and other new techniques, including mobile advertising."

"The growth in mobile Internet usage, especially this year and next, and the development of rich media advertising are helping to shift the French online ad market into a higher gear," Ms. von Abrams says.

According to IAB Europe, by the end of 2005, France was second only to the UK in its share of European online ad spending, with just under a quarter of the total.

"These findings illustrate how the French began to play a key role in the regional online market," Ms. von Abrams says, "though still trailing well behind the UK."

French confidence in online advertising is continuing to grow. When the European Interactive Advertising Association (EIAA) in November 2006 asked firms in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK how much they expected their online budgets to expand in 2007 and 2008, French companies projected respective rises of 14% and 15%.

"While those growth rates might appear modest, especially with firms in several other countries anticipating growth of 20% or more," Ms. von Abrams says, "France and the Netherlands were the only countries where companies said they expected the rate of growth to keep rising through 2008."

Looking at the overall picture, growth in online advertising in France has undoubtedly compensated for sluggish performance by some traditional media in the past three years.

"In France, as in other relatively mature media markets, remarkable growth in online ad spending is boosting advertising as a whole, though Internet investment is cannibalizing other media, such as print," Ms. von Abrams says.

In fact, the "Ad Barometer 2007" report from Interdeco Expert, BIPE and OMD suggests that burgeoning investment in online channels is making an ever-greater contribution to the overall French ad market, and that without the buoyant effect of online spending the market would be heading for losses of over $160 million in 2007.

for the full article with graphs and stats click here.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Is RSS the Best of Web 2.0?

Not always.

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) has the highest value among Web 2.0 technologies, according to a Forrester Research report cited in a BtoB article.

RSS was considered to have substantial business value by 23% of respondents. One in three said they used RSS for marketing.

Web 2.0 business value was not measured by 14% of respondents. Of those who did measure, most looked at metrics such as ROI and total cost of ownership.

Forrester surveyed IT decision-makers between April and June 2007.

So is RSS really the most valuable Web 2.0 technology?

That depends on who is asked, and how "valuable" is defined.

RSS is simple to implement, requires no maintenance and can be integrated easily into all business processes using most forms of content. That is all music to the ears of chief technology officers and other IT decision-makers.

US interactive marketers are also catching the RSS bug, judging by another Forrester study conducted with ClickZ. The study found that 40% of US interactive marketers were either using or piloting RSS in 2007, up from 10% in 2006.

However, that does not mean that business-to-consumer marketers all think that RSS is more effective or valuable than other new media.

In fact, a November 2006 study by the American Advertising Federation put RSS at the bottom of select online new media types - including Web 2.0 methods like social networks and blogs - in terms of effectiveness.

If the technology is not so hot, why are marketers using and piloting RSS in growing numbers, as indicated in the Forrester/ClickZ study?

Those piloting RSS may be testing exactly how effective it is. Others who are using it may not consider it the best new tool in terms of effectiveness or value, but use it anyway as part of a campaign with multiple elements.

This is especially true with television networks, which recognize the need to adapt to a Web 2.0 environment. Users expect to be able to integrate their own media with professionally created content. As a result, 74% of the top TV networks said they had included RSS in the media mix during the first quarter of 2007, according to a 360i study.

RSS, like any emerging media, is not for every marketer. TV networks use it with other Web 2.0 tools to reach Internet users. Techies like it because it is flexible and low-maintenance.

for the full article with graphs and stats click here.

A Conference on Television, Audio, Video, New Media, and Feminism

Call for Papers

We are now accepting proposals for:

Console-ing Passions:
A Conference on Television, Audio, Video, New Media, and Feminism

April 24-26, 2008 - Santa Barbara, California


Founded by a group of feminist media scholars and artists, Console-ing Passions works to create collegial spaces for new work and scholarship on culture and identity in television and related media, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality.

Since the early 1990s, Console-ing Passions conferences have featured new research on feminist perspectives, including race and ethnicity, post-colonialism, queer studies, globalization, national identity, television genres, the social and cultural study of new media, the historical development of media, and an ongoing feminist concern with gender dynamics in the production and consumption of electronic media.

Our consideration of television, digital, and aural media comes at a pivotal moment of political, social, cultural, and technological transformation. Key among our concerns for the 2008 Console-ing Passions conference is the fact that race, gender and important feminist issues will be prominent topics of political discourse in electronic and digital media during this crucial presidential election year. Issues such as reproductive rights, and gay marriage, for example, are hotly contested issues often addressed in the mediasphere.

The introduction of blogs, viral video, and social networking sites has had a tremendous impact on traditional media, and their influences on politics represent a shift in the mediation of democratic processes in the U.S., and in different parts of the world.

We are also interested in how new mobile video technologies (i.e., cell phones, and ipods) inaugurate a new era of “ubiquitous media” and participate in the renegotiation of the private and public spheres.

Some of these recent changes are related to historical processes. As always, we are very interested in historical research on television, audio and new media.

Taking advantage of our conference location in Santa Barbara, California, which is very close to both the Hollywood film and TV industry, and the information technology hub of Silicon Valley, we also invite submissions that explore the position of women and ethnic minorities in these media and information industries.

We are interested in these and other topics that consider such developments specifically from feminist perspectives.

We invite paper proposals that consider, but are not limited to the following:

- gender, media and presidential politics
- history and theory of television
- women, race, and the Don Imus effect
- feminism and the blogosphere
- YouTube and social networking
- gender, 'nature' and media
- experimental media histories and criticism
- women in media industries
- gender and media spaces
- media and reproductive politics
- media and gay/lesbian politics
- reality TV
- second life, gaming, virtual reality online
- religion and media
- gender and technology
- gender and violence
- militarism
- mobile media activism
- theories of post-television
- theorizing TV in the age of Tivo
- gender, media and globalization


Deadline for receipt of proposals is NOVEMBER 1, 2007

Conference convenes April 24-26, 2008



GUIDELINES FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS:
Individual Papers: Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words with a short bio. Be sure to include titles for all submissions (papers, panels, workshops, and screenings).

Panels: Submit a rationale for the panel (3-4 papers) of no more than 150 words, as well as abstracts of 500 words for each paper and a short bio and contact information for each contributor.

Workshops: Submit a rationale for the workshop (a series of short, informal presentations on a related topic, meant to encourage discussion), along with individual abstracts of no more than 200 words and a short bio and contact information for each participant.

Screenings of video, audio, or new media work: Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and a short bio of the producer/director.

All submissions must include an email message with the following information: name, title (if applicable), affiliation, email address, and telephone number for the author, panel or workshop organizer, or producer/director for screenings. Email message should also specify the audio/visual equipment needed for the presentation. Please be as specific about a/v needs as possible.

It is preferable that proposals be saved as PDF files.
All proposals must have a title.
All proposals must be attached to the email message.
Email message and PDF files should be labeled as follows: your last name and the type of proposal (i.e. Smithpaper or Smithpanel or Smithworkshop or Smithscreening).

Submit all proposals to cptvconference@filmandmedia.ucsb.edu.
Direct all questions about the conference and the submission process to:
cptvconference@filmandmedia.ucsb.edu

See the Console-ing Passions website: http://www.cp.commarts.wisc.edu for more information about Console-ing Passions and links to the 2008 conference. Or you can go directly to the conference website at: http://www.filmandmedia.ucsb.edu/cptv/cptv.html.

The conference will take place in the UCEN on the UCSB campus.

We look forward to seeing you in Santa Barbara!

Conference Co-Chairs:
Anna Everett and Lisa Parks
Dept. of Film and Media Studies
University of California-Santa Barbara

Thursday, August 2, 2007

IRL (in Real Life) Documentary DVD on sale now

The first feature-length (55 minutes) documentary film to take on the subject of online relationships, IRL (In Real Life) chronicles the life, death and afterlife of an online community called "The Bronze," made up of fans from the official website for Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. The documentary looks at the real world consequences that come from making friends online, and what happens to those relationships when they move from the Internet into "real life."

Written, directed, produced and edited by Stevie Tuszynski, the film has an original score by Jymm Thomas and features over 25 interviews with "Bronzers" as well as footage of a private party held in Los Angeles for fans in 2004.

The goal of the project was to let the Bronzers tell their story in their own words and provide a narrative to counter the tendency of the media to focus solely on the dangers of the Internet. In other words, this is a mass-market targeted production, not an academic project.

You can look at the trailers for the film as well as see exclusive web-only previews of the first few minutes of the film here.

College Students Head to Internet U.

The most wired generation yet.

Of the 18 million US college students heading back to campus this fall, 17.1 million, or 95% of them, use the Internet at least once a month.

Students report spending a significant amount of time online each week.
In a 2007 survey by Youth Trends, full-time students at four-year colleges said they spent an average of 19.2 hours online per week, one hour more than in the previous year.

What are college students doing online?
"On many campuses, upward of 80% of students use social networking sites on a regular basis," says Debra Aho Williamson, eMarketer Senior Analyst and the author of the new report, College Students Online: A Parallel Life on Social Networks. "Social networking is an essential part of campus life — so much so that even parents, professors and future employers are signing up."

On many college campuses, everything from course scheduling to reserving a dorm washer or dryer is done online. Students at Ball State University in Indiana can check on the status of their wash online and be alerted by e-mail when it is done.

"Basically, [college students] are always online," Steve Jones of the Pew Internet & American Life Project told USA Today. "It's so integrated into other routines, it's no longer an activity unto itself."

In fact, college students are wired in many ways:
- 95% own a mobile phone
- 78% sent a text message in the past week
- 75% own a music player, such as an iPod
- 55% own a video game device

"Because they are connected in so many ways, college students are also adept at multitasking and integrating multiple types of information simultaneously," says Ms. Williamson. "For marketers seeking to reach and engage with this group, the challenge is to cut through the noise and make real connections."

for the full article with graphs and stats click here.

FREE public ANAT forums

Get on your digital soapbox!

Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) are holding a series of FREE public forums as part of still/open Program during September in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane as part of their emerging technology labs. The forums are running:

Melbourne 6pm, 5th September 2007 @ Digital Harbour

Perth 6pm, 10th September 2007 @ The Bakery ARTRAGE Complex

Brisbane 6pm, 14th September @ The Judith Wright Centre


The forums will explore recent projects by internationally renown guest thinkers: Alessandro Ludovico (Italy) a publisher, media artist and editor in chief of Neural (http://www.neural.it/), Andy Nicholson (Australia) a free software hacker, new media activist and part of the Engage Media collective (http://engagemedia.org/) and Beatriz da Costa (USA) an interdisciplinary artist and researcher who works with open science (http://www.beatrizdacosta.net/). Creative Commons Australia will open the floor for discussion of Open Source Culture.

Open Source Culture is the growing global phenomenon of creative practices of sharing content for others to rework, reuse and redistribute. It has createda digital collective media culture and cult like following where everyone from teenagers to grannies are getting involved. It has moved from the programmingsphere into the general and business communities; the purchase of YouTube for $1.65 billion and MySpace for $580 million by News Corp. and Google highlight just how much value they can have.

Open Source Culture aims to empower the user and challenge the power of the media giants. Currently a conflict is occurring between the owners of online"user generated" infrastructures and those who use them.

User submitted and generated content often is moderated by the site or organization it is uploadedto, giving absolute control to the powers that be to do as they wish with the content submitted. By its nature Open Source Culture brings up many opinions and questions including: how open is Open Source Culture? Is it user friendly or financially beneficial to the big players? How might artists make use this cultural movement? And [insert your own question here] will be part of the discussion in the still/open forum.

The forums are presented as part of ANAT's emerging technology labs, which are responsible for the hugely successful reSkin program.

For media information and availability of the facilitators for interviews please contact Amanda Matulick on 8231 9037 or communicate@anat.org.au or formore information on the forums and still/open please visit www.anat.org.au/stillopen/blog/forums/.

Social Networking Consuming More Time

Some MySpacers never log off.

MySpace and other social networks may have more growth ahead, according to data on June 2007 Web usage from Compete.

The firm measured what it calls "attention" (defined as the percentage of all time spent online that is devoted to one site), and attention for MySpace jumped 20% in June 2007 from the previous month.

In fact, the top six social networks all saw increased attention, and the top 20 social networks received over 15% of all attention in June. MySpace consumes an outsized share of Internet user time overall.

For marketers, this matters in part because many social networkers are willing to host or pass along sponsored content.

One study, from Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions, concluded that "the advertising potential for social networking is huge: 70% of UK social networkers are prepared to include sponsored content on their personal page, whilst 10% have already branded their space."

The UK is similar enough in Web usage that it can serve as a directional guide to Internet behavior in the US. In the study, 68% of UK social networkers said they had visited another Web site after seeing something on a friend's social network page. Just under half used a search engine to learn more and 35% had forwarded the space, ad or link to a friend.

eMarketer Senior Analyst Debra Aho Williamson said, "There's no doubt that social networks take up a huge amount of Internet time, especially for younger demographic groups.

"However, the continuing challenge for marketers is to find ways to engage consumers in this environment. Often, their attention is directed toward their friends and their own profile page, not necessarily the advertising. When social networks get better at targeted advertising, consumers will be more likely to respond."

for the full article with graphs and stats click here.

'Piracy’ - antiTHESIS Journal - Call for Papers

Call For Papers: 'Piracy' - antiTHESIS Journal, Volume 18 (2008)


"In civilizations without boats, dreams dry up, espionage takes the place of adventure, and the police take the place of pirates."
-Foucault


antiTHESIS, one of Australia's longest running postgraduate interdisciplinary journals, now invites creative, scholarly and visual contributions for Volume 18, 'Piracy.' Despite its negative representation in official histories, piracy presents a site of contestation and alterity within an increasingly rationalised and globalised modernity. Piracy brings the concepts of ownership and territory into question; digital piracy disrupts the opposition between work and play, producer and consumer (Kline, 2003). As such, piracy as concept and as practice offers a way to re-think issues within and between disciplines. We seek papers that explore the idea of piracy in relation to the following themes:

--piracy and new media
--piracy and the state
--cultural representation of pirates
--copyright & intellectual property
--plagiarism, literary appropriation and allusion
--musical piracy
--terrorism and piracy
--immigration, liminality and piracy
--maps, geography and exploration
--treasure and trade
--piracy, gender and sexuality
--and other related creative submissions


Creative and scholarly papers must be of no more than 6,000 words in length with academic citations conforming to the 15th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. All submissions must consist of a Microsoft Word or Open Office document attached to an email. Visual pieces, including original cover art designed for a 150mm x 210mm space, are also welcome. Preliminary submissions may be made via e-mail and must include a 72 or 75 i JPEG image, the title of the work, and the artist's contact information. Upon selection, we will require a print-quality image on CD or PC formatted disk and a signed letter or release form giving permission for its use by antiTHESIS.


Scholarly papers, poetry, prose and visual pieces submitted to the journal must be received by Friday, 21st September, 2007.


Please address queries and submissions to:

editor.antithesis@gmail.com


antiTHESIS
School of Culture and Communication
University of Melbourne
PARKVILLE VIC 3010

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Games in the Classroom

Brock Dubbels, a Ph.D. candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota, is guest blogging on Education Futures about video games in the classroom. Quite an interesting read.


There is a general buzz that video games are causes for illiteracy and bad behavior. And I am hoping that I can shed some light on this, because the idea that games are the root of our problems couldn’t be further from my experience teaching reading and writing. In fact, using video games is what helped me to engage and extend the learning of my students in middle school and high school, and to connect my classroom with my students’ lives outside of the classroom.

I am sure you can imagine what happened when I told the kids we would be doing a six-week unit on video games. They flipped. You probably would have too.

continue reading part 1 (of 3) at http://www.educationfutures.com/2007/07/28/video-games-in-the-classroom/

Workshop: Surviving in the Research Marketplace

Masterclass "Surviving in the Research Marketplace"

17.-18. September, Centre for Qualitative Research, Bournemouth University, England
http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/ihcs/rescqrmc07d.html

The workshop will explore the notion of a research marketplace and the role of grants, papers and networks in that marketplace. Participants will explore how to navigate such an enterprise-driven and 'evidence-based' environment, and how to meet competing demands and identities; such as qualitative researcher, employee, scholar, citizen. The masterclass will thus discuss both the theoretical and practical challenges of engaging with a complexity of roles, ideologies, and epistemologies that are often taken for granted, and which may require theoretical clarification and practical response. How to be successful and pursue meaningful qualitative research in such and environment: is it possible? This will be the challenging question that we will explore together in the masterclass. There will be an opportunity for networking, sharing of experiences, providing collegial support and doing some reflective planning.

Julianne Cheek
Julianne Cheek is a Professor in the Institute of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Oslo and the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia. She is Director of a performance based research centre - the Centre for Research into Sustainable Health Care and has also held the university portfolio of Director of Early Career Researcher development with responsibility for post doctoral development at the University of South Australia. She has attracted funding for many qualitative research projects including funding from the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council. She has three major interests: the development of methodological understandings pertaining to qualitative research with an emphasis on funded research; research in the substantive area of care of the older person; and the application of Foucauldian and postmodern perspectives to health care. She holds honorary professorships in South Africa and the UK. She is widely published including her book Postmodern and Poststructural Approaches to Nursing Research (Sage US 2000). She is co-editor of the journal Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, associate editor of Qualitative Health Research, and on the editorial boards of 6 other journals. She is currently working on two new books: one to do with notions of the research product in the 21st century and the other on the role of theory in qualitative research.
Download Brochure (PDF 923kb)
Download Application Form (PDF 29 kb)

Please forward all enquiries to:
Stacey Mitchell,
Centre for Qualitative Research,
Bournemouth University, IHCS, Royal London House,
Christchurch Road,
Bournemouth,
BH1 3LT,
UK
Tel: (01202) 962763
Fax: (01202) 962194
Email: cqr@bournemouth.ac.uk

Book Review - Interpreting Qualitative Data: Methods for Analysing Talk, Text and Interaction (Third edition)

Abstract:
This edition of SILVERMAN's well-known book offers a wide-ranging introduction to the problems facing any qualitative researcher, especially as concerns the design of qualitative projects and the analysis of qualitative data. It is in many ways a personal book, often referring to the author's own experience and reflecting his own intellectual development. He is clear about his preferences and doubts, but offers good arguments for both. While it is presented as a textbook for undergraduates, it may be considered too demanding intellectually in some cases. The review offers an extensive overview of the book's contents, in order to facilitate a teacher's choice of it as a course book, but it is recommended without reservation to any serious qualitative researcher.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

YouTube Responds to Copyright Suit

Video recognition technology may be working by September, YouTube says.

via http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_6487317

Google's YouTube hopes recognition technology will be in place in September to stop the posting of copyrighted videos on the popular Web site, a lawyer Friday told a judge presiding over copyright lawsuits.

The lawyer, Philip S. Beck, told U.S. District Judge Louis L. Stanton in Manhattan that San Bruno-based YouTube was working "very intensely and cooperating" with major content providers on a video recognition technology as sophisticated as fingerprint technology the FBI uses.

He said the company planned to have the technology in place "hopefully in September."

Viacom, England's top soccer league - the Football Association Premier League - and indie music publisher Bourne Co. have sued YouTube in lawsuits that were combined for trial purposes before Stanton.

Beck said the video recognition technology will allow those holding copyrights on videos to provide a digital fingerprint so that if anyone tries to share a copyrighted video, the system will shut it down within a minute or so.

Beck said the company was counting on the software to "hopefully eliminate such disputes in the future."

He said the company believes the new technology goes way beyond what the law requires to stop copyright infringement.

He told the judge the company began only two years ago when co-founder Chad Hurley sought a way to send videos of his children to relatives on the East Coast. Since 30 videos were exchanged in the first month, more than 10 million videos have been exchanged worldwide, including hundreds of thousands a day, Beck said.

Lawyers for plaintiffs in the two lawsuits said they welcomed any improvement that would end alleged infringement of their copyrights but believed YouTube should have acted sooner.

Donald B. Verrilli Jr., a lawyer for Viacom International, said it will take the next year to identify the extent of infringement that continues happening on "a very massive scale."

"Perhaps the filtering mechanism will help. If so, we'll be very grateful for that," he said.

Viacom sought $1 billion in damages for what it said was the unauthorized viewing of its programming from MTV, Comedy Central and other networks, such as "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." In their lawsuit, the soccer league and indie music publisher sought unspecified damages and any profits YouTube made as a result of the sharing of copyrighted videos.

YouTube said in response to the lawsuits that it goes beyond what is required under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which gives Web hosts protection from copyright lawsuits so long as they comply with requests to remove unauthorized material.

YouTube said it cooperates with holders of copyrights and immediately complies with requests to have unauthorized material removed from the site.

Verrilli said the plaintiffs are alleging "plain, old fashioned infringement."

He added: "They acknowledge rampant activity and haven't done anything to stop it."

EFF: Give Your Website a Free Speech-Friendly Home

There are countless web hosting services that will help you get your site on the Internet. But do you know what to expect if someone decides to dispute your speech with a nastygram to your web host?

Jimmy Atkinson's first post to the Dedicated Hosting Guide may be a good place to start looking for answers.

Titled "Free Speech Hosting: 11 Web Hosts That Won't Dump You at the First Sign of Controversy", Atkinson lists a few hosts that advertise defense of free speech as an important part of their business plan.

We're pleased that individuals like Atkinson are publishing resources to support rights-conscious businesses and customers, and that free speech and privacy are increasingly important value propositions in the market, as evidenced by recent announcements by various search engines about changes to protect users' privacy.

Check out the Dedicated Hosting Guide post, "Free Speech Hosting: 11 Web Hosts That Won't Dump You at the First Sign of Controversy": http://dedicatedhostingguide.net/2007/free-speech-hosting-11-web-hosts-that-wont-dump-you-at-the-first-sign-of-controversy/

For this post and related links: http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/005380.php

Online Video Increases TV Viewing Time

More than six in 10 US broadband Internet users watched video at home or at work as of March 2007, according to Nielsen's "A Barometer of Broadband Content and Its Users" study, conducted for the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing.

That is up 16% from just six months prior, in September 2006.

A third of respondents said that watching broadband video had increased their TV viewing time, while only 13% said it decreased their traditional television viewing time.

An additional 32 million broadband video users said they would consider watching more TV programs over the Internet.

The Online Video Call to Action

'Have you seen this Web video?'

Over half of online adults have used the Internet to watch or download video, and nearly a fifth do so on a typical day, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project's online video study, conducted in February and March 2007.

Among Internet users with broadband access at both home and work, nearly three-quarters watched or downloaded video.

More than half of online video viewers shared video links, and three-quarters said they had received video links from others.

Young adults were the most likely to rate video content, post feedback or upload video.

Mary Madden, a senior research specialist at Pew and the lead author of the report, said, "Young adults are among the most contagious carriers when it comes to understanding how viral videos propagate online. Younger users are the most eager and active contributors to the online video sphere; they are more likely than older users to watch, upload, rate, comment upon and share the video they find."

News content was the most popular genre with every age group except for those ages 18 to 29. For those young adults, comedy is a bigger draw, with 56% watching humorous videos, compared with 43% who say they watch news videos.

Some online videos demand forwarding, rating or other actions. Internet video ads also tend to induce some kind of action among viewers. Typically this involves checking out a company Web site. That was true for 43% of the respondents in a 2007 survey from the Kelsey Group and 31% of respondents in a similar study by the Online Publishers Association.

for the full article with graphs and stats click here.

Monday, July 30, 2007

New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia - Call for Papers

Call for Papers
New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia

Editor: Doug Tudhope (dstudhope@glam.ac.uk
)
Associate Editor: Daniel Cunliffe (djcunlif@glam.ac.uk
)
Faculty of Advanced Technology, University of Glamorgan, UK



Submission deadline: January 16, 2008
Acceptance notification: February 27, 2008
Final manuscripts due: April 9, 2008


NRHM covers hypermedia, hypertext, interactive multimedia and related technologies.
We invite papers on the following topics and related issues:

- Conceptual basis of hypertext systems
cognitive aspects
design strategies

- Intelligent and adaptive hypermedia
knowledge representation
knowledge organisation systems and services
the semantic web

- Multimedia issues
time and synchronisation; link dynamics
audio/image/video processing and compression
content-based retrieval

- Interaction
navigation and browsing; search systems;
studies of information seeking and navigation behaviour; testing and evaluation
user interfaces; multi-modal interaction

- Tools for hypermedia
(automatic) authoring systems

- Applications in business, commerce, digital libraries, e-learning, information management, the professions, publishing, and public administration, etc.


The New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia (NRHM) is published by Taylor & Francis and appears in both print and digital formats. For more details and indicative topics, see the journal website: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/13614568.asp

Submissions may take the form of research papers or shorter technical notes and should be sent by email to the editors, preferably in pdf format. Questions and enquiries are welcome.

Microsoft's Craig Mundie Interview

Here's an interview with Microsoft Craig Mundie looking into the future.
"The future, Conan?"



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Interactionfield: Urban Space, New Media and the Public Sphere

Mirjam Struppek
"Interactionfield: Urban Space, New Media and the Public Sphere"

Thursday 16 August 2007
5.15-6.30 pm
G-23, East Tower, John Medley Building
Melbourne, Australia



Over the past decade interactive media installations and performances have emerged as a new art form in urban space. Screen installations, public projections, interactive façades and shopwindows, public communication sculptures and messageboards, psychogeographic performances and location-based mobile games attempt to create new visual experiences in increasingly commercialised urban spaces.

This paper will investigate the interconnectedness of urban public space, interaction and new media through a discussion of the strategies and tools utilised to engage and mobilise urban audiences.

Mirjam Struppek works as an urbanist, researcher and consultant in Berlin. Her research focuses on the livability of urban space and the acquisition and transformation of the public sphere through new media.

Since 2002 she has developed the online-information-platform 'interactionfield' about the relation between interaction, new media and public space. In this context she organises the monthly lecture and discussion evening 'Urban Media Salon'.

She developed the first Urban Screens international conference in 2005 and is currently working on further implementing the concept of utilising screens for a sustainable urban society.
www.interactionfield.de
www.urbanscreens.org

This seminar is free of charge and open to all staff, students and members of the public.

http://www.culture-communication.unimelb.edu.au/public-lectures.html

New Issue: JOURNAL OF COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION

JCMC is an open-access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal that has been published quarterly since 1995. All past and current JCMC articles are available at: http://jcmc.indiana.edu

A new issue of the JOURNAL OF COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION is available at:

http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol12/issue4/

The table of contents is included below.


Volume 12, Issue 4, July 2007

The Benefits of Facebook "Friends:" Social Capital and College Students' Use of Online Social Networks
- Nicole B. Ellison, Charles Steinfield, and Cliff Lampe

Online Communication and Adolescent Well-Being: Testing the Stimulation Versus the Displacement Hypothesis
- Patti M. Valkenburg and Jochen Peter

Configurations of Social Relations in Different Media: F2F, Email, Instant Messenger, Mobile Phone, and SMS
- Hyo Kim, Gwang Jae Kim, Han Woo Park, and Ronald E. Rice

Types of Fantasy Sports Users and Their Motivations
- Lee Farquhar and Robert Meeds

A Case of Mistaken Identity? News Accounts of Hacker, Consumer, and Organizational Responsibility for Compromised Digital Records
- Kris Erickson and Philip N. Howard

Ethos in Chaos? Reaction to Video Files Depicting Socially Harmful Images in the Channel 2 Japanese Internet Forum
- Muneo Kaigo and Isao Watanabe

Mapping Diversities and Tracing Trends of Cultural Homogeneity/Heterogeneity in Cyberspace
- Elad Segev, Niv Ahituv, and Karine Barzilai-Nahon

Estimating Linguistic Diversity on the Internet: A Taxonomy to Avoid Pitfalls and Paradoxes
- Peter Gerrand

CMC Modes for Learning Tasks at a Distance
- Trena Paulus

Methical Jane: Perspectives of an Undisclosed Virtual Student
- Lynette Nagel, A. Seugnet Blignaut, and Johannes C. Cronjé

Online vs. Face-to-Face Deliberation: Effects on Civic Engagement
- Seong-jae Min

Vive Les Roses!: The Architecture of Commitment in an Online Pregnancy and Mothering Group
- Barbara L. Ley


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Special Section on Blogging
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Blogging Practices: An Analytical Framework
- Jan Schmidt

Anonymity and Self-Disclosure on Weblogs
- Hua Qian and Craig R. Scott

Psychological and Social Influences on Blog Writing: An Online Survey of Blog Authors in Japan
- Asako Miura and Kiyomi Yamashita

Gender Differences in British Blogging
- Sarah Pedersen and Caroline Macafee

Computer science resources for academics

Google has recently launched a site called Google Code for Educators, a program specifically focused on Computer Science topics at the university level. Through the site, Google expects to share the knowledge they’ve built up around things like distributed systems and AJAX programming.

Here's direclty from their blog.

Google has a long history of involvement with universities, and we're excited to share some recent news on that front with you. At the main Google campus this week we're hosting the Google Faculty Summit, which involves universities all over participating in discussions about what we're up to in research-land as well as computer science education - something very near and dear to us.

Meanwhile, because we know that between teaching, doing research and advising students, computer science educators are quite strapped for time, we've recently launched a site called Google Code for Educators. While you may have previously heard about our offerings for K-12 teachers, this new program is focused on CS topics at the university level, and lets us share the knowledge we've built up around things like distributed systems and AJAX programming. It's designed for university faculty to learn about new computer science topics and include them in their courses, as well as to help curious students learn on their own.

Right now, Google Code for Educators offers materials for AJAX web programming, distributed systems and parallel programming, and web security. The site includes slides, programming labs, problem sets, background tutorials and videos. We're eager to provide more content areas and also more iterations for existing topic areas. To allow for liberal reuse and remixing, most sample course content on Code EDU is available under a Creative Commons license. Please let us know your thoughts on this new site.

Beyond CS education, another important faculty topic is research. Google Research offers resources to CS researchers,including papers authored by Googlers and a wide variety of our tech talks. You might be interested in learning more about MapReduce and the Google File System, two pieces of Google-grown technology that have allowed us to operate at enormous scale. We also recently put together a few university research programs and we're eager to see what academics come up with.

Edited Collection on Indian Television - Call for Papers

From A to Zee: Perspectives on Indian Television (Working Title)
Call for Papers for Edited Collection on Indian Television

Editors, Abhijit Roy and Biswarup Sen



From its inception in September 1959, television has played a crucial role in India’s evolution as a postcolonial state. Both an agent and barometer of the rapid changes that characterize Indian modernity, television reaches over 100 million households and generates annual revenues double that of Bollywood. In spite of its vast reach and its centrality to contemporary life, television remains an under-investigated topic of academic inquiry. While popular cinema, for example, has been the focus of numerous works that examine the relationship between culture and modernity, the literature on television is still developing. This collection of essays, written from an interdisciplinary perspective, will attempt to address this deficit by providing a comprehensive analysis of this vitally important medium.


Contemporary Indian society is subject to a astonishing mix of conflicting social processes: massive wealth generation in specific sectors, buoyant consumerism, the emergence of a substantial middle class, diasporas and repatriation, new configurations in the politics of religion, caste and region, the weakening of national political parties and the concomitant rise of coalition politics, and extreme asymmetries between regions and peoples. Thus, the creation of glitzy “cybercities” like Bangalore and Hyderabad has been accompanied by suicides and insurgencies in the impoverished hinterlands. This current project is based on the premise that television is perhaps the only medium that can accommodate and articulate these multiple developments and fissures within one frame. Television’s plasticity of form enables it to broadcast a heterogeneous set of materials: global formats like Big Brother and CNN news, shows about money and fashion that speak to the urban rich, soaps and serials written in “Hinglish” that exemplify new social mores, and the increasingly commodified version of sports entertainment. At the same time, it gives us the local and the marginalized through vernacular news reporting, daytime game shows for housewives, rural programming, and astrology and religious channels. This collection will examine a range of topics - organization and structure of the medium; broadcasting policy; theories of the televisual apparatus; regional, national and transnational programming; the specificities of vernacular programming; the nature of television news; celebrity culture; television and other media; media activism - to demonstrate how television reassembles “India” in the present millennium.



We seek to incorporate a variety of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives and invite submissions from international scholars and writers working in or across the following fields: communication and media studies, anthropology, cultural studies, history, political science, sociology, social psychology and global studies. Some of the questions the book proposes to address include: How is national television to be distinguished from global forms? How do specific global formats like reality shows or talent searches get rearticulated for the Indian context and to what extent do they promote a participatory culture? From what perspective do we understand regional and vernacular programming? What is the nature of the Indian television audience? Has television changed the nature of news? How do we distinguish the Doordarshan era from the current one? What is television’s relationship to other entertainment forms like film, sports, theater and music? The possible sections under which essays will be grouped are as follows:


1. Apparatus

2. History

3. Genres

4. Audience

5. Policy

6. Industry



PROPOSALS:
Potential contributors should send a 400-500 word abstract, select bibliography and a brief biographical statement with subject heading “Indian Television” to both editors at:

Abhijit Roy (abhijit.ju@gmail.com)

Biswarup Sen (bsen@uoregon.edu)



We welcome any inquiries and suggestions regarding this project. We are encouraged by the fact that it has evinced strong interest from two major US university presses.


DEADLINE:
September 1, 2007.


Abhijit Roy is Head of the Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University, Calcutta and Member, Editorial Board, Journal of the Moving Image, Calcutta.

Biswarup Sen teaches in the School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon. He is the author of “Of the People: Essays on Indian Popular Culture” (Chronicle Books &Orient Longman, New Delhi, 2006)

Visualization and Narrative - Call for Papers

Visualization and Narrative: A themed issue of Reconstruction
Call For Papers


Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture (http://reconstruction.eserver.org) is soliciting papers for a special themed issue on visualisation and narrative--with special reference to filmmaking, information design, and computing.


Visualisation consists of the visual representation and analysis of processes over time, in dynamically changing information spaces.


As filmmaking has moved to digital formats in writing screenplays, making images and sounds and editing and manipulating those images, all filmmaking processes are actually or potentially subject to visualisation.


This has led to new metaphors--for example the timeline, and the possibility of applying techniques such as data mining and network mapping to other areas of film production.


Papers looking at current and possible application of visualisation techniques to the writing, realising and editing of films are particularly encouraged. Papers can for example look at the influence of interface design and visualisation on film practice and aesthetics. This will include the effect of non-linear editing and effects and the introduction of the timeline as a dominant metaphor for visualisation in film.


We would also like to encourage contributions from scientific disciplines where visualisation has transformed the understanding of the process, or enabled a different perception of narrative.


Film is particularly interesting as a focus of study, because as well as being an industrial and aesthetic practice which can be differently approached and understood through visualisation, it is itself a form of visualisation, which transforms social relationships and events into image-based narrative developing over time. Film language is therefore the ultimate source of many of the techniques of visualisation. We see potential for a productive dialogue between disciplines which looks at the changes that visualisation can or will bring to filmmaking but also looks at what film language and film techniques have to contribute to visualisation and the dynamic relationship between visualisation and narrative.


Completed papers are are to be submitted by December 15, 2007 to Lina Khatib (lina.khatib@rhul.ac.uk). Revisions will be due in March 2008; publication expected in October 2008.


Guest Editors: Adam Ganz and Lina Khatib


About the journal: Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture (ISSN: 1547-4348) (http://reconstruction.eserver.org) is an innovative, peer-reviewed cultural studies journal dedicated to fostering an intellectual community composed of scholars and their audience, granting them all the ability to share thoughts and opinions on the most important and influential work in contemporary interdisciplinary studies. Reconstruction is published quarterly--in the third week of January, April, July, October--and is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.

In Media Res Call for Curators Fall 2007

MediaCommons is currently seeking curators for In Media Res for the period of September 11, 2007 through December 18, 2007.

Individual submissions are welcome. We are also interested in continuing our themed weeks in which all five curators comment on a particular topic (ex: satire and politics, media representations of New Orleans), television series (ex: Battlestar Galactica, CSI), or medium (ex: videogames) and participate in a networked conversations with one another.

If you are interested in curating for IMR or have an idea for a themed week, please contact Avi Santo at asanto@odu.edu for more information.


About In Media Res
Monday-Friday, a different media scholar will present a 30-second to 3-minute clip accompanied by a 100-150-word impressionistic response. The goal is to promote an online dialogue amongst media scholars and the public about contemporary media scholarship through clips chosen for either their typicality or atypicality in demonstrating narrative strategies, genre formulations, aesthetic choices, representational practices, institutional approaches, fan engagements, etc.

MediaCommons is a strong advocate for the right of media scholars to quote from the materials they analyze, as protected by the principle of “fair use.” If such quotation is necessary to a scholar’s argument, if the quotation serves to support a scholar’s original analysis or pedagogical purpose, and if the quotation does not harm the market value of the original text — but rather, and on the contrary, enhances it — we must defend the scholar’s right to quote from the media texts under study.

To find out more about IMR, please visit:

1) http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/videos/about

2)
http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/blog/2007/04/08/what-can-horace-newcomb-teach-us-about-in-media-res-a-first-stab-at-a-style-guide-for-contributors/


To find out more about Mediacommons, please visit:

http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/about