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Tuesday, 27 June 2006
Migrating my Blog to Typepad
Now Playing: NewsHour with Jim Lehrer podcast
Topic: Personal or Reflective
I've finally taken the leap to a real blogging platform and am slowly migrating my blog from this Tripod location to my new Typepad location,

Please be patient while I transition but I want to take this to the next level and I need a professional platform to do that, which was becoming increasing difficult with Tripod.

Please update your links to reflect my new blog address,, and in case you were using my old Feedburner RSS link, please redirect to me new Feedburner RSS link,

Thanks to all of my faithful readers (0-5 people if I'm lucky) and please join me on the new blog.

Posted by cph19 at 11:39 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 21 June 2006
Cape Cod Musings from Benkler
Now Playing: The Media Project #785 podcast
Topic: Personal or Reflective
I went to Cape Cod a couple of weekends ago and while it was fun to hang out with Tyler, Stacie, and Alex, I got shot down a lot over that weekend. There were a myriad of topics, including the Sat. night conversation at the restaurant that was a good wake-up call for me. But, I wasn't wrong in the other discussions we had.

I don't usually voice my opinion unless I think I'm well grounded (personality flaw perhaps, humility is the better way to look at it), meaning I've read or studied the topic.

Below are a couple of takeaways from Benkler's The Wealth of Networks, which I'm currently trying to finish, that prove my points more eloquently than I did over the weekend in Cape Cod. Just because I couldn't fully explain my point or argument all the way to this level of detail doesn't mean that scholarly experts like Professor Benkler haven't done their homework on the subjects of the mass media and the internet:

1) Whether you agree with its effects, the premise here is true and critically important to understanding the future and as importantly, why the internet does fundamentally change certain economic patterns that we’ve become accustomed to over the last 50 years.

Book pg. 4 / PDF pg. 16

“First, non-proprietary strategies have always been more important in information production than they were in the production of steel or automobiles…Education, arts and sciences, political debate, and theological disputation have always been much more importantly infused with nonmarket motivations and actors than, say, the automobile industry. As the material barrier that ultimately nonetheless drove much of our information environment to be funneled through the proprietary, market-based strategies is removed, these basic nonmarket, nonproprietary, motivations and organizational forms
should in principle become even more important to the information production system.”

2) Internet trumps TV because it’s a conversation, not one-way mode of communication and it strengthens the weak bonds that are never sustained in the real world

Book pg. 15/ PDF pg. 27 (emphasis added)

“A substantial body of empirical literature suggests, however, that we are in fact using the Internet largely at the expense of television, and that this exchange is a good one from the perspective of social ties. We use the Internet to keep in touch with family and intimate friends, both geographically proximate and distant. To the extent we do see a shift in social ties, it is because, in addition to strengthening our strong bonds, we are also increasing the range and diversity of weaker connections…we have become more adept at filling some of the same emotional and context-generating functions that have traditionally been associated with the importance of community with a network of overlapping social ties that are limited in duration or intensity.”

3) Mass Media doesn’t reflect or serve what the masses really want; it gives you just enough generic content to maintain the minimal interest level so that you keep on the television

Book pg. 165-166 / PDF pg. 178-179 (emphasis added)

Mass-mediated outlets serve the tastes of the majority, expressed in some combination of cash payment and attention to advertising. Baker in Media, Markets, and Democracy shows why, however, that mass-media markets do not reflect the preferences of their audiences very well.

"Advertiser-supported media tend to program lowest-common-denominator programs, intended to "capture the eyeballs" of the largest possible number of viewers. These media do not seek to identify what viewers intensely want to watch, but tend to clear
programs that are tolerable enough to viewers so that they do not switch off
their television

"Small increases in the number of outlets continue to serve large clusters of low-intensity preferences?that is, what people find acceptable. A new channel that is added will more often try to take a bite out of a large pie represented by some lowest-common-denominator audience segment than to try to serve a new niche market. Only after a relatively high threshold number of outlets are reached do advertiser-supported media have sufficient reason to try to capture much smaller and higher-intensity preference clusters?what people are really interested in."

Taken together, my main point is that Alex was wrong in his assertions about the mainstream media and about the social value of the internet. I value your opinion, I really do (as evidenced by the homework that you assigned me), but you're wrong when it comes to these two topics.

Posted by cph19 at 1:27 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 21 June 2006 1:33 AM EDT
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Monday, 5 June 2006
Cape Cod Cold as Hell
Now Playing: Daily Source Code #389
Topic: Personal or Reflective


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Thursday, 1 June 2006
Welcome to Blogsphere Justin!
Now Playing: The Gillmor Gang - Gartner Gang-Up Part 1
Topic: Personal or Reflective
Justin, it's about time, the blogsphere truly needs your unbiased, brash opinion and humor:

Posted by cph19 at 12:04 AM EDT
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Thursday, 25 May 2006
I Couldn't Agree More
Now Playing: The Daily Source Code for 6/24/06
Topic: Personal or Reflective


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Monday, 22 May 2006
Herbie You Are Mighty!
Now Playing: Morcheeba ft. Talib Kweli - Let Me See (remix)
Topic: Personal or Reflective

Herbie  you are mighty!

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Tuesday, 2 May 2006
America's Backbone Shows its Spine
Now Playing: Marketing Voices Debut Podcast-
Topic: Personal or Reflective
I don't often watch the national news at night but I hit the gym for the first time since mid-Feb. and was amazed at the images from the May 1st economic strike. I don't want to delve into the what we call them, though I agree illegal immigrants is loaded term, but America's backbone, immigrants who work extremely hard everyday to keep this country running, showed the rest of America that they are a powerful force.

If the rallies of a couple weeks ago weren't enough, today was a powerful message to all those who think non-citizen immigrants are a silent majority. I think Brian Williams or a fellow reporter mentioned perhaps half a million in L.A. or NYC or Chicago (can't remember exactly which one), truly amazing. Just to mobilize that many people is a tremendous feat in and of itself. Although the 7pm national news didn't yet have a figure for the economic impact of today's marches, that number is coming and I'd guess it will be substantial.

(Thanks to Same Felder and Flickr for the photo)

To update yesterday's post about Colbert's ballsy move at the Corespondent's's Dinner here in D.C. last Saturday night, Boing Boing now has the story and yes, now's there's a torrent link. That's the tell-tale sign of any potential video going big on the internet: if it only has a WMV or QuickTime link, then it's not going tot takeoff but oncer's's there's a torrent file, that a sign of credibility that there's good content and good buzz surrounding the video. Torrents, not YouTube or OurMedia (at least for now), are the best indicators for viral success.

Posted by cph19 at 12:49 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 2 May 2006 12:53 AM EDT
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Thursday, 27 April 2006
PBR + Music + NPR
Now Playing: KCRW streaming via iTunes
Topic: Personal or Reflective
Three good things in life all wrapped up together: PBR + Music + NPR

After enjoying a good brew and good music, go watch Dave Winer's interviews on Rocketboom (especially his take on the future of advertising) and follow it by reading the latest issue of WIRED for the article on online video.

Finally, take your new insights and call me in the morning, you owe me one.

Posted by cph19 at 12:11 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 27 April 2006 12:21 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 12 April 2006
Me and You and Everyone We Know
Now Playing: Engadget Podcast 04/04/06
Topic: Personal or Reflective
Thanks JK for the recommendation. Delightfully weird, I laughed out loud in my apartment while watching this late at night, I can only imagine what the neighbors thought. Great scenes of awkwardness, not like the awkward make-you-squirm kind of scenes from The Office (BBC version, not the NBC stateside version) but more like how did someone come up with a scene so seemingly strange yet realistic too. So many great moments to list but the scene at the park, on the park bench where the young boy meets his older online flame, funny.

Posted by cph19 at 12:28 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 16 April 2006 7:13 PM EDT
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Monday, 27 March 2006
Back from Vacation...Temporarily
Now Playing: Tapes 'n Tapes - Cowbell
Topic: Personal or Reflective


Back from vacation...until this Thu., then it's off to FL w/ Tyler and Stacie for a long weekend. Tyler promised kite-boarding and that was enough for me. So it was snow and gnar last weekend and it should be sun and water this weekend.

I have a lot of blogging to catch up on, especially as it relates to new technology/Web2.0/blogging ideas (thanks to Scoble's new book, which I finished during the Breck vacation. Hopefully I'll write and read a whole bunch over this weekend.

Currently Playing: Tapes 'n Tapes - Cowbell

Posted by cph19 at 2:07 AM EST
Updated: Monday, 27 March 2006 2:10 AM EST
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Saturday, 18 March 2006
On Vacation, Shredding in CO
Now Playing: Coldpaly - Talk (Junkie XL remix)
Topic: Personal or Reflective


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Tuesday, 7 March 2006
Happy B-Day Benny (a little old, sorry)
Now Playing: Daily Source Code - #348
Topic: Personal or Reflective

Happy 24th Benny

...and interesting links just for my Dad, particulary the last two (thanks BoingBoing):

1) In eastern Turkey, where one family's children, due to a genetic abnormality, walk on all fours.

2) How to make a railroad bike.

3) Boiling Water Thrown Into Freezing Air (this video shows what happens).

My quick review of The Brazilian Girls show at 9:30 Club last Fri. night is coming, nothing profound but a damn amazing show like that deserves some mention.

Posted by cph19 at 11:20 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:23 PM EST
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Sunday, 26 February 2006
Great Hometown Story
Now Playing: Corinne Bailey Rae - Like a Star
Topic: Personal or Reflective

Sunday NYT Magazine reading:
1) Broken Social Scene (who I've talked about a few times, go get their music)
2) The Freshman (fomer Taliban spokeman starts at Yale)

Currently Listening: Corinne Bailey Rae - Like a Star (Myspace link)

Posted by cph19 at 6:53 PM EST
Updated: Sunday, 26 February 2006 7:01 PM EST
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Friday, 10 February 2006
Loving the Music
Now Playing: Guru - Lifesaver
Topic: Personal or Reflective
Week (blur) in review:

1) Feist last night at Black Cat, amazing; think I'll be listening to more Jason Collett now too. (DCist described the crowd as "a mix of hipsters and um...people that don't go to many concerts.") Glad we arrived a little early, sounds like some people missed JC because of the huge line, which we stood in for awhile even having arrived 15 minutes before the 8:30pm opening doors.

2) Brazilian Girls at the 9:30 Club on March 3rd, can't wait

3) Death Cab for Cutie and Franz Ferdinand, April 11th, pre-sale starting next week. Get your world time clock and internet connection fired up for the pre-sale 1pm time, these are tix are going to go fast.

4) Didn't go last week when some people from work checked out Science Club but Gridskipper gives it a thumbs up...Now if only I could find a place in this town w/ $1.50 cans of PBR, anyone know of a place?

5) The recent Gillmor Gang podcast talked on a lot of great techie/Web2.0 subjects, including a (new to me) tech news site for your blogroll or RSS reader: Memeorandum

Posted by cph19 at 12:44 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 26 February 2006 7:03 PM EST
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Saturday, 21 January 2006
Like a Kid in the Candy Store...
Topic: Personal or Reflective

I'm finally back after a long, internet-deprived hiatus. Until my PC had a broadband connection and I could sit at home to really dig in (i.e. not through work's connection), I've felt like an addict who hasn't gotten his fix in awhile. It reached desperation as I stayed late Friday night to print out maps of local cafes with Wifi connections.

Then I said screw it and finally took the time again to try using my phone's broadband connection on my notebook and low and behold, it worked like a charm. Amazing I tell you, I love it!

Now that I'm back on the internet with my PC, I'm a kid in the candy store or the toy store, there's some much that I want to do (read, surf, blog, mp3 download) that I can't decide what to do first.

And yes, I'm just about 100% D.C. now.

Posted by cph19 at 10:50 PM EST
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Sunday, 1 January 2006
Happy New Years
Now Playing: Kraftwerk vs. Coldplay - Computer Talk
Topic: Personal or Reflective


Currently Playing: Kraftwerk vs. Coldplay - Computer Talk

Posted by cph19 at 4:14 PM EST
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Thursday, 29 December 2005
Crash, Maybe Tomorrow
Now Playing: Stereophonics - Maybe Tomorrow
Topic: Personal or Reflective
Watch Crash, the best film of 2005 according to Ebert, then view a few pictures from 2005:

(NYT 2005 Year in Pictures)

Currently Playing: Stereophonics - Maybe Tomorrow

Posted by cph19 at 1:06 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 29 December 2005 1:07 PM EST
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Tuesday, 27 December 2005
Spin to Win
Now Playing: KCRW - streaming via iTunes
Topic: Personal or Reflective

Posted by cph19 at 11:40 AM EST
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Tuesday, 20 December 2005
Younger Cousins
Topic: Personal or Reflective


Currently Listening: Kings Of Convenience - Misread

Posted by cph19 at 11:51 PM EST
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Wednesday, 14 December 2005
D.C. Here I Come...
Now Playing: Wyclef - Yele
Topic: Personal or Reflective

(and yes, that's my FUCC hoodie)

Posted by cph19 at 1:36 AM EST
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