Rare authors commment: Ok, normally I quote interesting sections of at least semi-interesting articles relating to new media, but I’d like to suggest that all students, faculty, and people just generally interested in the subject, give a listen to WIRED’s Bruce Sterling at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW).
Included in Sterling’s “rant” (really, rant connotes a lack of focus, which Sterling rarely seems to have):
– A discrediting of the term “convergence”
– Why broadband “eats everything”
– How Digital Rights Management (DRM) will play out…maybe
– “Commons based peer production”
– Net neutrality
– People to who say interesting and relevant things: Lev Manovich and Yochai Benkler
– al-qaeda as a perfect example of Benkler’s wealth of networks
– The “verbing” of Google and Wikipedia (and why that’s significant)
– Blogs: The least potent of mediums and probably a passing fad
– Why spectrum auctioning is the most important thing you’re not paying attention to
– Computers are great tools of expression, but bad appliances
Also, for those in the know, please add to the “Bruce Sterling” article in the Whats New Media Wiki.