Personal perspectives on information science, the evolving Internet, delivery of public services online, Web 2.0, the Web of Data, the Semantic Web, communities, folksonomies and more. With an emphasis upon convergence between some or all of the above, and a UK slant.
I almost pointed to thenews(pointless and annoying subscription required) that Disney are to start releasing some of their popular programmes (one is being watched on video downstairs, as I type upstairs) online the day after they are broadcast.
I almost pointed to some of thecoverage. I almost pointed to the fact that theBBCis making full use of the freedoms afforded them by the licence fee and making sizeable chunks oftheirprogramming (such as theApprentice) available online already, at least to their licence fee payers in the UK.
I almost said how good all this was, and almost agreed with Jeff that Disney/ABC's immovable ads would soon be moved.
Internet companyAOLis running an interesting pair of television adverts here in the UK, one of which I saw for the first time last night.
They are inviting a discussion around whether the Internet is 'good' or 'bad', and asking viewers to visit their/discusssite to join the conversation.
Both the ads are there for viewing, along with discussion boards and a variety of thought pieces from (UK) media figures.
Whilst it's doubtless inevitable that they would attempt to polarise discussion of a tool that is, of itself, neither good nor bad, it's interesting that they take the step of - apparently - pandering to the fears of the more hysterical wing of the UK media by running the 'bad' ad on its own.
Orwell was right. The Net is full of porn. We are all watched, all the time. Our identity will be stolen. No one is safe.
Have they gone too far, can we see past the stark black and white, or was nobody other than me paying any attention?
And would ads like these be agoodplace to add, below the URL at the end, that those without access of their own could pop down to their local public library to benefit from hardware, software, and helpful people?