Michael Wesch talks about YouTube

Michael Wesch talks about YouTube at the Library of Congress. Take home points: 1. In the last 6 months YouTube users have uploaded as much content (UGC that is) as all the US TV networks have created since their inception (over 1.5 million hours of content). 2. Much of the content gets less than 100 views. 3. Numa Numa. via Punk Planning

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The Weekly Top 5: July 25, 2008

There follows an arbitrary and partial list of the five most interesting things I came across on the Internet this week. It is neither voted for, crowdsourced, comprehensive nor exhaustive. I hope you enjoy it nonetheless. 1. Dance off with the Star Wars stars All too easy. 2. Create a sand painting My great Aunt Peggy had a sand picture in her front room along with a fibreoptic lamp and a cuckoo clock. I reckon she'd have loved this piece of interactive tat. 3. White noise generator For all your white noise needs. 4. The Whale Hunt From last year, but something I just discove...

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Adobe announces searchable SWF (Flash) files

Usability expert Jakob Neilsen isn't a big fan of Flash. I agree with him. It's O.K. in small doses and in the right context, however, it's all-too-often overused by designers willing to sacrifice usability for fancy fly-ins and huge mp3 files of bland, consumer-friendly house music which crash my browser and have me clicking off before the fancy load bar has got to half way. However, that's not the worst of it. The main reason for not using Flash is that it isn't searchable: individual pages or elements of content within a site don't show up in Google. However, that's all just changed be...

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The Weekly Top 5: July 3, 2008

There follows an arbitrary and partial list of the five most interesting things I came across on the Internet this week. It is neither voted for, crowdsourced, comprehensive nor exhaustive. I hope you enjoy it nonetheless. 1. Ferris Bueller Remixed I really don't remember it this way. I think I'm getting old. 2. Vampire Weekend on the streets of Paris Le band du jour win the hearts of some bemused locals. 3. Christopher Hitchens is waterboarded The American government contends that waterboarding is not torture: Christopher Hitchens, after experiencing it in this video, begs to ...

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BBC announces next generation iPlayer

Newer, faster, better, etc. Interesting stats further down: There have been over 100 million requests to view programmes since BBC iPlayer launched. In May alone, there were 21.8 million requests to view, some 700,000 per day on average.

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