Great post from Niall Larkin on the arrogance of Google where they seem to think they have a right to scan and index anything digital or convert anything to digital, without permission. Google book search would be an example in my view.
I need your help. We all know that Ireland is an expensive place to go on holidays but I am looking for examples of bad value and bad service for a series that weâ€™re running in The Irish Times throughout August. Actually I am also looking for examples of good value and good service now that I think of it.
So it appears that Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher are in town in Dublin for a while this week. Kara was nice enough to link to some IrishBlogs.ie posts on the iPhone too. I’ve been asking around on Twitter and via email about who they are here to see and so far no journalists I know were aware of the visit and no tech companies I know were aware either. Odd, no? Anyone know anything about this? They are here on business.
It would be nice if Walt and Kara met some of the new breed of tech startups.
Metafilter covers Bill O’Reilly’s war on Daily Kos and how he harassed JetBlue so much they withdrew as sponsors for the DailyKos convention and apologised. Some are crying foul but Kos was the site that waged war on Joe Lieberman and got an inferior ticket on the democratic ticket instead of Joe. Joe still won as an independent though. Right back atcha time for Kos?
(I have serious business people reading this blog so I’m turning my back on saying “fuck off” in blog posts.) *
First they tried to do it with 3G phones as part of the DCMNR. Fell through. Then they were worried about terrorists I think. Now it is scumbags in prisons who are using these phones. Nevermind the wardens who helped them sneak the phones in. As well as budgies and flatscreen TVs. Ever get the feeling there is a company out there that is just waiting to run this “registry” that is a friend of someone? Noooo, that could never happen. The Civil Service always want to put as little trust in the people as they can, just in case one day they rise up and demand a reduced place in Government for them. Now they want to issue licences to use mobiles? If you’re against the idea then you are against freedom or for terrorism, drug dealing, fearinducingissueofthedayforDailyStartReaders etc. That’s what the new Minister for not dealing with drug issues in any real way says. What would the Minister do to deal with FF councillors snorting coke and it being on YouTube? I’d ban YouTube for glorifying drugs/politcs.
Reminds me of Yes, Minister or maybe the latest clone of it: The Thick of It:
This is definitely a : Minister says “I need a new iniative. I need a spectacular like MicheÃ¡l’s smoking ban or Noel’s plastic bag tax, what have you got on file lads?” “Er, cracking down on dole scammers?” “No, nobody is unemployed any more” “Oh I know, a registry …”
Jeff Jarvis points out that the Guardian are going to stream the TV series “The Wire”. More here on the Media Guardian site (use BugMeNot.com for a pass). Jarvis points out it was the Guardian who did the Ricky Gervais podcasts too which generated a nice few quid for everyone when they went a pay-to-listen model. I think the Guardian more than most are getting the idea that they are a media org not just a newspaper and as people want podcasts and videos, they should cater to that. The New York times does that a little with their YouTube channel with original content such as David Pogue and the iPhone musical number.
Over here, the Irish Times are apparently doing video though it’s shite. I’d expect over time that they might actually get their own little mini studio for things like this besides outsourcing. The Independent and the Examiner will also have to get into more media forms. I have a feeling the Indo will do this soon but again, not using in-house people. The Examiner will come along to the party eventually. The Irish Times has recently invested in Entertainment.ie which is a good enough site but very yesterday in what it does. They also sought to look into buying the Irish interests of EMap which include TodayFM and Dublin 104FM. It’d be a shame if they didn’t leverage the fantastic talent they have in there to do podcasts and videos, though I suppose that might actually mean paying them money for all their extra work. I’ve heard from some sources that the current Irish Times bloggers are doing it out of a love for writing and receive sfa from their employer to do it.
It’d be very interesting to see whether a media company that owns both print and radio assets would cross-link them and whether that’d be allowed. Everything is going from dead trees to electrons and it makes sense for an organisation to feed the new appetites of those that exclusively read online. I’m almost one of them.
I haven’t mentioned RTE yet. Best til last? If RTE don’t change their gameplan soon they could be a runner-up to lots more websites. They need to stop streaming their video using the godawful and much hated Realplayer and allow people to embed clips on blogs and websites. Just stick it all up on Youtube for goodness sake. Perhaps they’ll use the online medium to launch their mooted 24hr news channel? Would make sense I suppose. Like the Irish Times there’s some fantastic talent in that organisation and a lot of waste too. It would be nice actually to see their current affairs sections expand massively online. I’d listen to Morning Ireland, all morning and evening. They’ve butchered 5-7 live so much now that I rarely tune in. Morning Ireland especially is jam packed and a lot of the reports could probably be left in their original expanded form online. It’d be great to hear more interviews online.
Or perhaps with the Denis O’Brien acquisition of the Irish Emap stations, shows like the Last Word on TodayFM might expand their coverage too and do a little video segment which will have longer interviews of guests?
So will we see IrishTimes.tv and IrishIndependent.tv? I think we will but I wonder will Setanta have beaten them to the punch? They seem quite progressive. Meanwhile here’s some nice stats on online video advertising, the past, present and future of it. Gold in them dar hills.