Changing Economics of Cable News

August 30, 2011 by · Comments Off on Changing Economics of Cable News
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Back in the halcyon days of Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow, News Agencies were a separate department within the larger Network Communications Media companies. They weren’t profit centers for the Media Company, and they operated with a sense of detached isolation that allowed them to report the real news … good, bad or indifferent … no matter who or what the story was about. Not only was this isolation important to the News Agency themselves, but it was just as important, if not more so, to the people consuming the News they reported. Unbiased News wasn’t just a concept, it was their mantra.

But then in the late 1980’s, the News Reporting Department stopped being a mere department within a larger organization and started being the whole focus and reason for its existence. Ted Turner (along with others of course) saw the appetite of the consuming audience and set about to feed that hunger. His fledgling Cable News Network (what we now know as CNN) was a radical departure from the way it had always been. Then as if to validate his gamble, the first Gulf War erupted and launched the fledgling shot in the dark company into a combination of News Reporters and News Headlines themselves. (Talk about right time, right place .. wow!)
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User Sponsored Enforcement Groups

There is an interesting article this week from Avril Korman on her Search Engine Watch Blogspace about a new blight that some believe is getting ready to infest Second Life. I highly recommend you veer off to read her post, or at least read it after you read my post today … but at any rate, it’s a topic I have some personal experience with. Today I’m going to share that experience and why I believe Linden Lab needs to curtail this behavior as rapidly as possible.
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Google Plus and Identity Services

August 27, 2011 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Internet Life and Humanity 

Andy Carvin was attending the Edinburgh International TV Festival and had a chance to speak to Google CEO Eric Schmidt. As reported on Andy’s post, Eric’s comment went like this:

“He replied by saying that G+ was build primarily as an identity service, so fundamentally, it depends on people using their real names if they’re going to build future products that leverage that information.

Regarding people who are concerned about their safety, he said G+ is completely optional. No one is forcing you to use it. It’s obvious for people at risk if they use their real names, they shouldn’t use G+. Regarding countries like Iran and Syria, people there have no expectation of privacy anyway due to their government’s own policies, which implies there’s no point of even trying to have a service that allows pseudonyms.

He also said the internet would be better if we knew you were a real person rather than a dog or a fake person. Some people are just evil and we should be able to ID them and rank them downward.”

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I’m back

August 22, 2011 by · Comments Off on I’m back
Filed under: DGP4SL Info 

Thanks to all that waited patiently while I took a short break. Once again medical science has failed to do me in. Ah well, maybe next time. LOL

I’ll be down for a few more days, but when I come back I hope to have some good news to share. Till then, be well and safe all.

A Place To Create … And Share

In his recent speech at SLCC, Rod Humble (AKA Rodvik Linden) the CEO of Linden Lab made an observation about Second Life that rings very true with my ears, and I think very true to a lot of other folks. He states: (at just before 05:00 into the speech)

“Everything you see is created by other users. That’s a phenomenally important and powerful thing.”

He goes on to add:

“If you’ve ever made anything … you know that there’s no better feeling in the world.”

And y’know what, I agree. But true to form for me, I think it’s not quite enough. So today’s post will delve into what more I think there should be .. and why.
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Second Life Economics for Q2

The new Second Life Economic Metrics for second quarter have been released. Thanks to a blog post from Tateru Nino (who opens the door to lots of the best info on SL around the ‘net) I see some things that concern me. So today’s post is going to take her on-ramp post and extrapolate it a bit further to illustrate my thinking.
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Search Bot V2 Update Released

August 5, 2011 by · Comments Off on Search Bot V2 Update Released
Filed under: DGP4SL Info, SL In-World Search, Technical Info 

This update to the DGP4SL SEO – Search Bot V2 is a very important release and MUST BE USED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!

Among the many improvements in Search Bot V2 1.0.4, the most important improvement has to do with how Search Bot uses the Second Life In-World Search API. In response to our requests for some simple changes to the API, Linden Lab’s Search Dev Team has made some improvements that significantly optimize our use of the Search Service.
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Google Minus (Me)

August 1, 2011 by · Comments Off on Google Minus (Me)
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Sometimes solutions are just so glaringly obvious that we humans can’t see them. Another symptom of the “Human Condition” I suppose, but no matter from whence it springs, it’s almost enough to make you fall down laughing when you do spot the obvious. Well, most times at least. Sadly this is not one of those times.

For the past several weeks there’s been a rather obvious hubbub going on about Google’s new Social Network Google+ (pronounced Google Plus). It seems Google has made some rather hard-nosed decisions about what name you can use with their new service. I’ve been watching but not commenting on it … until now.
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