Career prep for the non-math students amongst us…
When I was in school, there were two kinds of people: math and non-math.
The math people walked around with slide rules in their pockets (yes, I am that old), and could do quadratic equations with their eyes closed.
Who could have predicted that this proclivity toward perpetual nerd-dom would be the single greatest skill for the 21st Century.
(Who could have predicted that Miss Chaffey’s touch typing class in 7th grade – a requirement, but I thought only for secretaries, would prove to be the most valuable skill I took away from Jr. High School?)
Well, as it turns out, coding, the Latin of the 21st Century, is hot hot hot.
That’s the skill everyone pays a lot for.
Coding and math.
If you were a math major. Fine.
I was not.
I was what we used to call a … Read More »
What’s going to happen now???
I am launching The Bacon Channel
I am sure it is going to be a big success.
How do I know?
Amazon recently bought Twitch – a gaming channel.
It isn’t a channel where you play video games, it’s a channel where you watch other people play video games.
If this is hard to believe, Amazon paid $1 billion for Twitch.
And if that isn’t hard enough to believe, Twitch has more than 55 million active montly viewers.
This is more viewers than the Oprah Winfrey Network is going to get for the next 150 years.
And Twitch is just getting started.
In March, 2012, just nine months after it started, Twitch already had 16 million monthly visitors, and it was growing at the rate of 11% per month.
And what do you watch on Twitch?
You watch other people play video games.
What makes all this possible is the … Read More »
The Easter Rising, (Éirí Amach na Cáscaone), of the most significant events in Irelands long march to independence from British rule, occurred on Easter Monday, April 24, 1916 and lasted for six days. The British army responded with crushing force, ultimately ending the uprising. The Irish received full independence three years later.
At that time, one of the significant pieces of technology that helped the Irish Republicans coordinate their efforts was the printing press.
Sharon Gaffney, a reporter for RTE, the national service public broadcaster for Ireland, shot and produced the above piece using her iPhone (the siginificant piece of techonlogy that allows us to coordinate our efforts today).
She put some of the clips through the 8mm app for the effects and edited on Avid.
You can see from the astonishing quality fo the images that the iPhone is clearly crossing the boundary … Read More »
Forbes Magazine recently posted a list of the Ten Best and Worst Jobsfor 2014.
Newspaper Journalist came in 2nd.
Second worst job you can have. Lumberjack was first.
Of course, as a lumberjack you get to spend a lot of time outdoors, amongst the trees.
As a journalist you also get to spend a lot of time outdoors. But that’s because you are going to be unemployed.
The world of journalism is in free fall.
As newspapers and magazines become the next in a long list of victims of the Internet, once safe and secure careers,
like reporter, are evaporating faster than a glacier in global warming.
It seems a bit unfair, at least to me (and on doubt to my fellow classmates at The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism,
class of 1983).
We were the children of Watergate.
Being a reporter was cool.
And it paid a lot.
And you got … Read More »
My Lai Massacre, Vietnam, 1971 Photo WIkileaks Commons / Library of Congress
Vietnam was called “The Livingroom War”.
That’s because it was the first war in US history that came along with live television coverage.
For the first time, Americans could watch the progress or the war, daily, from their homes. Most of it largely uncensored.
What they saw shocked them.
Up until Vietnam, warfare had been carried out in private. It was always bloody, always ugly, always shocking. But the images were kept far from the folk at home.
Those images that were allowed to percolate out into the public space were generally carefully censored and carefully controlled.
But not in Vietnam.
One must wonder at what the impact of television might have been on the long, pointless and seemingly endless mechanized slaughter that trench warfare in the First World War was. Would the US have been … Read More »
More than one hundred people showed up at The Guardian in London for our very first HOW TO START YOUR OWN VIDEO PRODUCTION COMPANY seminar.
We had never done one of these before, but we had a feeling that there was an appetite for this.
How right we were!
Everyone in the media understands that we are in a unique moment of Creative/Destruction.
New technologies are rapidly destroying old careers. Just ask anyone who works for a newspaper.
But where’s the Creative side?
It’s in producing video.
We live in a world dominated by screens.
The average American today spends an astonishing 8.5 hours a day staring at screens –
Screens in gas stations
Screens in elevators.
Everywhere you look, there are screens.
And those screens need video.
Lots of video.
And who is going to make that video?
Video making is about to become the single biggest growth business of … Read More »
A few weeks ago, my friend Jeff Jarvis, who runs the Town Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at CUNY
invited me to speak at a conference on The Future of News.
Unfortunately, I was scheduled to be in London (where I am now), but I asked if I could participate by video.
The video above is the ‘participation’.
I was sorry to have missed the conference. It’s something I care passionately about – The Future of News.
As my friend Steve Safran, one of the founders of Lostremote.com said: “It has a future?”
If you watch network news on TV (And local is even worse), that’s a very good question.
Television news has not changed much since the 1960s, except perhaps it has gotten progressively less intelligent.
Other than that, its still pretty much the same.
If the rest of technology innovatated at the pace of network news, I would … Read More »
I have been writing blogs for about seven years now.
I used to use a lot of pictures to illustrate the points I wanted to make.
These were mostly images I found on the web.
If I was talking about a ‘Revoution’ in video, I might use a painting of the French Revolution.
There was so much stuff on the web. All I had to do was ‘Google’ image search and there were the choices.
It made the pieces nicer to look at, I thought.
Then, about a year ago, maybe a bit more, I got a big, fat letter from some lawyer. I was being sued for copyright infringement for using a picture without permission.
Well, needless to say, I took the offending picture down.
It didn’t make a difference. I was being sued for $150,000. For my blog. For the picture on my blog.
(You will note … Read More »