Lifecasting comes naturally to today’s youths, who are used to living their lives in public, posting details of every hookup and breakup on their Facebook or MySpace pages. Anyone with a laptop, webcam and Internet connection can do it. As with any new medium, people are trying to figure out the rules of etiquette. The budding phenomenon raises questions about the privacy of people who may not want to appear in the live streams, as well as copyright implications of, for example, broadcasting music that’s playing in the background. But companies such as Los Angeles-based Ustream, which powers Gnant’s webcast, and Justin.tv in San Francisco are racing to become the dominant purveyor of such live, unfiltered programs. In the last year, the technology behind live streaming has become so cheap that start-ups such as Mogulus, MyStreams and Veodia can afford to give it away in hopes that they can make money through the mainstays of TV’s reality shows: advertising and product placement.
Excerpt from Welcome to their world — all of it, from the Los Angeles Times (free password req’d)
A short overview of Lifecasting is available from the UK Times Online.
Previously from WNM: Mommy blogest
The designers and programmers of internet settings may indicate that images and events are distributed in real time and as they happen, the technologies are alive, and that the form is unique, but television and internet sites employ similar narratives about liveness, intimacy, and spatial entrances. Internet renderings of liveness suggest that representations are unmediated because images and texts are presented at the same time as the viewer is watching. This makes the various mediated and constructed aspects of the technologies, including the continuation of normative beliefs about gender, race, and sexuality, easier to ignore. Considering how television structures the viewer, historical and critical writings about television liveness, and narratives about internet liveness, and applying this literature to webcams and other internet settings, indicates that these internet renderings are a part of ongoing cultural conventions and provides methods to resist the more stereotyped aspects of these representations.
Description for Michele White’s Television and Internet Differences by Design from Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies (2006)
“(Online counseling) teaches clients to be aware of what’s coming out of their mouths, what they’re feeling and thinking, their wholeness and whole bodies,” Mankita said. “It’s an exciting and empowering thing that we haven’t done in the past (in person) the way we can with text. Text is really powerful.” Online therapy is particularly suited to sex and relationship work, especially for clients who crave a layer of anonymity we can’t get by going through our insurance companies or driving to an office. And clients can seek matches based on compatibility rather than proximity.
Read this item from WIRED’s Regina Lynn
According to new survey results presented by AOL and Opinion Research Corporation, I am not alone. Americans are addicted to e-mail. AOL surveyed 4,025 US residents in 20 major cities in order to gauge e-mail usage patterns and how they’ve changed over time, and found that the proliferation of portable devices has helped e-mail addiction skyrocket. “E-mail use on portable devices has nearly doubled since 2004, and as a result, people are checking email around the clock,” writes AOL.
Read this item from Ars Technica. Previously from WNM: Is email becoming counterproductive?
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