Friday, May 16, 2003
what's hot what's not
Disney has come up with what they think is a great Idea. Your won't buy their products anymore. According to a story here, starting in August you will rent Disney movies on DVD's that will rot in 48 hours.
The discs stop working when a process similar to rusting makes them unreadable. The discs start off red, but when they are taken out of the package, exposure to oxygen eventually turns the coating black and makes it impenetrable by a DVD laser.
Buena Vista hopes the technology will let it crack a wider rental market, since it can sell the DVDs in stores, or almost anywhere, without setting up a system to get the discs back.
The discs work perfectly for the two-day viewing window, said Flexplay Technologies, the private company which developed the technology using material from General Electric.
Jack Valenti probably has a woodie the size of the Space Needle in Seattle.
The depths to which the entertainment industry is sinking is truly pornographic.
The recent revelations of Jayson Blair's fabrications, prevarications, plagerisms and other crimes of Journalistic Ethics ripped a large hole into the credibility of the New York Times this week. All of the statements and defenses of ''professional journalism'' in print news organizations, have been given a black eye of staggering proportions. Fact checking, second sourcing, editorial control and oversight all took a back seat in the drive to sell newspapers, which is different than reporting news.
To an audience that is becoming increasing sceptical about the accuracy, fairness, and competence of any type of news reporting, this revelation and subsequent analysis is both painful and laughable. Pundits are clogging the airwaves, the print editions, and the web with all sort of explanations. The race card is popular, the oldboy men only network is attractive, and my personal favorite, the Blair BrownNose project. Folks all over the web have spent large amounts of time explaining all of the checks and balances they have said they had in place to insure that their shit does not stink, then tell us they broke. Time and again. Over and Over. Where were the editors? Sales and Marketing Meetings? Political Correctness Seminars?
Print Journalism has always suffered from a time problem ever since the first radio and television stations started broadcasting news. This is not a liability, except in a first to audience sense, but can actually be an asset if you pay real close attention.
Where's the beef?
Transcripts of any sort can be posted. Audio, video, paper, can all be converted and made accessible on the web. If you have a problem with this then you are not going to last very long. Your very existence as a organization depends on disclosure. Other folks are already doing it.
If you cannot or will not provide the sources for what you publish as news, you may as well convert to a grocery store format.
Hiding Content [Posted] 12/11/02
One of the re-occurring themes that appear on design lists is 'hiding content', or making one's code invisible. Most of the solutions just don't work. The internet is not about hiding stuff. But in the interest of fairness I can offer a proven method of hiding content.
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Mitch Ratcliffe is definitely an other. The 21st century holds the promise of rich multimedia across the web. Mitch was blazing this trail in the 20th century. From code to finance.
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