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.

portable media

video ipod review

Last month I was ready to upgrade to a new iPod from my third generation model, but the rumor sites began to make noises that an upgrade to 80gb was in the works so I held off.

After the announcement of the video iPod last week I decided that even though I was a little disappointed by the size of the drive, a bigger one would be unlikely before January so I ordered a 60 gb unit from Apple.

I was supposed to get my iPod tomorrow, but FedEx delivered the unit a day early.

Read on for my review of the video iPod after half a day of playing with it.

Submitted by kvarnelis on October 19, 2005 - 5:30pm

mobile video ready for primetime?

Mobile video and TV has been tried before and failed. This week Apple announced their video iPod, and more importantly, a deal with Disney/ABC. So will the vPod prevail? The iPod certainly changed the way that people consume music, and by extension, is changing the way music is produced and distributed. Will the vPod do the same? The jury is out. One argument for the sucess is that Apple is very good at creating a seamless and simple user experience. The iTunes Music Store is close to perfect, and the integration of software and hardware is dead simple.

Submitted by todd on October 14, 2005 - 11:22am

Gotchi Networks

This is not exactly new news, but I recently returned from Japan, and failed, for the 2nd time, to acquire some tamagotchi for my kids. Okay, so I was able to get them a special edition hanerucchi over the summer, purely by chance, because there were a few left at the toy store in Narita airport. But just as in the summer, when I hit the toy stores and department stores for the cuter tamagotchi, everywhere has been sold out. I finally realized that they were already out in the US, and I just ordered a friendship pair from

Gotchi Networks

Submitted by mito on October 12, 2005 - 2:30pm


ipod guy

Here's an article titled "It's all in your head" from the October 9, 2005 Toronto Star on the topic of communities, public space and personal portable mobile devices. It's interesting in the way it deliberately swerves the conversation away from the 911 and ID Theft memes of security and privacy toward the social implications of such devices within the idioms of community, the construction (or "appropriation") of public space.

Submitted by jbleecker on October 12, 2005 - 11:27am