25 FEB 2016 by ideonexus

 Old Media is Text-Centric; New Media is a Collage

Modern literacy has always meant being able to both read and write narrative in the media forms of the day, whatever they may be. Just being able to read is not sufficient. For centuries, this has meant being able to consume and produce words through reading and writing and, to a lesser extent, listening and speaking. But the world of digital expression has changed all of this in three respects: New media demand new literacies. Because of inexpensive, easy-to-use, widely distributed new med...
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14 OCT 2013 by ideonexus

 Everything Won't Become Free at Once

Maybe the coolest technology could get very good and cheap, while at the same time crucial fundamentals for survival could become expensive. The calculi of digital utopias and man-made disasters don’t contradict each other. They can coexist. This is the heading of the darkest and funniest science fiction, such as the work of Philip K. Dick. Basics like water and food could soar in cost even as intensely sophisticated gadgets, like automated nanorobotic heart surgeons, float about as dust i...
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The irony of society is that digital content is growing cheaper as is technology, but food and electricity are growing more expensive.

14 JUN 2013 by ideonexus

 Celebrity Economy

This century's last great trend was noted by acute observers in 1996, yet most people failed to appreciate it. While business gurus were proclaiming the new dominance of creativity and innovation over mere production, the growing ease with which information was transmitted and reproduced made it harder for creators to profit from their creations. Nowadays, if you develop a marvelous piece of software, everyone will have downloaded a free copy from the Net the next day. If you record a magnifi...
Folksonomies: art information economy
Folksonomies: art information economy
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Endless channels of media allow for more celebrities, but to smaller audiences. In order to make money from media, celebrities must sell more than their works. Their works must serve as advertisements for something else, like paid performances or lectures.

28 MAY 2011 by ideonexus

 Science Bloggers Blast Science Reporting Without Expandin...

...the typical blog mode is to find an individual piece of science reporting with some particular failing and blast it—without addressing or even raising the broader issue of what's really going on in the media industry. One science logger. University of Toronto biochemist Larry Moran, even put it this way in a discussion of the widespread job losses facing science reporters: "Science journalists h have let us down. I say good riddance."
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Science bloggers helped destroy science journalism