From September 2005 to June 2006 a team of thirteen scholars at the The University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for Communication explored how new and maturing networking technologies are transforming the way in which we interact with content, media sources, other individuals and groups, and the world that surrounds us.

This site documents the process and the results.

amateur cultural production

vingle me

Apple has patented the term "vingle". What is interesting are the details of the filing. As reported at tuaw, there are bits about temporary use of on-line non-downloadable software to enable users to program audio, video, radio, etc..."

So...Apple is going to do remix for the masses? Stay could get interesting.

Submitted by todd on October 18, 2005 - 3:25pm

ms double dose

Two big announcements from MS today...mostly likely to try and derail the Apple juggernaut (ie today's vPod announcement). First, MS to pay Real a chunk of money and partner to distribute their online music wares. This is an attempt to displace ITMS as the dominant player in the space. Second, MS and Yahoo have teamed up to take on AOL for instant messaging dominance.

Submitted by todd on October 12, 2005 - 1:34pm

Otaku Literacy

The National Media Consortium has a monograph, A Global Imperative resulting from the 21st Century Literacy Summit. I have a small piece on "Otaku Media Literacy" in there and also below.

Submitted by mito on October 10, 2005 - 5:06pm

musical genome

Can you distill music down to a genetic code? Something beyond "three chords and the truth"? The Musical Genome Project is working on it. Essentially they use human intelligence to create metadata on songs. Of course they have a business model behind it...sell you mixes of songs you like based on musical preference rather than buying preferences.

Interesting concept, and I'd love to see their "scorecards" for the meta data. The problem you run into is that the subjective nature of music drives meta structures crazy. What does "blue" sound like? I know there is a blue, but my blue is likely different than your blue.

Submitted by todd on October 7, 2005 - 5:05pm