Monday, March 28, 2011

The Internet, and Web 2.0

Today we're taking the first of a couple of days to discuss the role of the internet in new media.  Whew!  Pretty daunting, right?  Well, we'll cover the chapter in the text and discuss . . .

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor--A Star from the Old Days

In my English for New Media class, we had been talking about the role of the stars in the old studio system, few of them around any more.  The reports about Elizabeth Taylor and the retrospectives on her life are reminders that the old star power still has legs.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Viral Video Contest

Viral Video Film Contest Scholarship - $1,500 Application Deadline- March 31, 2011 - To apply, applicant must create and submit a 90-120 second video based on the theme “Don’t Drive While Distracted” that helps create a positive safe driving message to viewers.  First place regional prize is a $1,500 scholarship, with scholarships also awarded to second and third places. For more information and to submit video visit:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Video Poem Contest at

Videopoem contest from MovingPoems. com

http://discussion. movingpoems. com/321/announci ng-moving- poems-first- videopoem- contest/

In order to showcase and celebrate diverse approaches to making
videopoems and poetry-films, Moving Poems is sponsoring a contest where
everyone will use the same poem in its entirety, either in the
soundtrack or as text (or both). Please join us! Post the results to
YouTube or Vimeo send us the link no later than April 15. Winners will
be published on the main site. Here's the poem, used by permission of
the author:

by Howie Good

A messenger arrived
from a country

colonized by magpies.
I have two sons, he said,

one whose name
means wolf

and one whose name
means laughter.

It felt like rain,
what’s called

a baby’s ear moon,
false angel wing.

They hanged him
in a cornfield.

The world is made
of tiny struggling things.


Howie Good is the author of 27 print and digital chapbooks and three
full-length collections of poetry, not to mention the 12 scholarly
books he’s written in his other career as a journalism professor, which
include several studies of film and culture. For a fuller bio and links
to some of his online work, see his blog, Apoclypse Mambo.

As stipulated above, all videos should include the complete poem. They
should be true videos or films — no slideshows, please. You should also
have permission for any images, footage, and sounds you might use, or
be able to make a strong case that (for U.S. material) your use of
copyrighted material is sufficiently transformative as to fall under
generally accepted definitions of fair use. Please include Howie Good’s
name and a link to his blog in the video description at YouTube or

For details about fair use and loads of links to free-to-use video and
audio, please refer to our new page of web resources for videopoem
makers. Of course, those with the means to do so should shoot fresh
footage, compose or mix your own music, etc. But if all you have access
to is some free video- and audio-editing software and lots of time and
imagination, you can still contribute.

You can enter as many times as you like. From all the entries, we’ll
select an indeterminate number of finalists to feature on the main
site. Howie has offered to give copies of his books Rumble Strip,
Anomalies, and Disaster Mode to his top three favorites, with the first
place winner getting all three, second place the first two, and third
place getting the last.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Smothers Brothers on Craig Ferguson

I'm an old enough codger to remember the Smothers Brothers when they used to appear on TV shows and then when they had their own.  Here's a little reminder of who they are, some classic Smothers as they are today on Craig Ferguson.

Newton Minow and "The Vast Wasteland"

Friday, March 18, 2011

Calling Mr. Bell!

The New York Times is reporting that the trend of telephone calling--actually speaking to another person on the phone, listening to their voice, and responding to them, is falling off.  Once a key connection between teen lovers, among others, the telephone is getting a more text-based workout these days, they report, in an article titled "Don't Call Me; I Won't Call You."  Of course, there are lots of other things that people can do with their phones these days, so why call someone and listen to the random things they might say.  Or not.  Maybe they don't want to hear YOUR rambling, either.

Robot Elephant Stop-Motion

Dr. Blessinger spotted this video, which takes its cue from a student taking biology notes.  Awesome.  Thanks, Dr. B!  From a site called Curiosity Counts, which specializes in finding off-beat media razamataz.

(notes on) biology from ornana films on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

NY Times Makes a Move for Subscribers

My faithful news site, The New York Times online, is making its move once again to charge for its content.  It looks like it might cost about $4 per week, which will cause me a little worry.  They're trying out a model in Canada first, then moving to require subscriptions for people who want full access to their online stories.

Here's the deal--you'll be able to read 20 articles (or slide shows, videos, etc.) per month.  Beyond that, and they'll ask you to pay up.

It's a risky move, but they're the champs at offering good content, and there's a desire for that content these days, with the situations in Japan, Africa, the Middle East, and the US.  That demand might be able to drive up their subscriber numbers.  I hope so.  More subscribers means lower fees, right?  Especially for digital content, the cost of offering it to 1000 readers is virtually the same as offering it to 1,000,000.

It's a move they need to make to survive.  And they need to survive.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ballistic Boatin' Beavers

I was impressed with the little game presented by one of the DSU teams for the Global Game Jam back in February.  It's a little rough, and the controls are a little funky, but the little beaver canoe works well, the crossbow shoots, and that down-home bluegrass music is worth paddling for.

Check it out here:

It's a Shoot-'em-up Beaver!  

Sunday, March 13, 2011

New Media, Japan, and the Middle East

It's remarkable how much the world has been able to stay abreast of the events in the Middle East and Japan, with new media tools keeping people front row center on all the things unfolding there.  The videos, photos, and written and spoken reports continue to flood in, putting even us midwesterners in the flow of actions.  It's a changed world, dramatically different from the printed newspaper that brings the news of the day before, when the television or other media can show us events unfolding as they happen.

Watch, participate, and consider your own role in the media.