Great video content makes up for poor quality playback

Tuesday, 17 August, 2010

From a report titled “The Effect of Content Desirability on Subjective Video Quality Ratings”, a finding that people aren’t so much concerned about the quality of a video they are watching, than their assessment of its content. In other words people are happy to view videos with poor quality playback so long as they enjoy what they are seeing.

“If you’re at home watching and enjoying a movie, we found that you’re probably not going to notice or even concern yourself with how many pixels the video is or if the data is being compressed,” Kortum said. “This strong relationship holds across a wide range of encoding levels and movie content when that content is viewed under longer and more naturalistic viewing conditions.”

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Blog of ages, posts from the pre-digital paleobloggic period

Monday, 16 August, 2010

Bloggers who draw on past events and archived print articles as subject matter for their posts have been dubbed “paleobloggers”, by Tim Carmody, at Snarkmarket.

Like paleontologists, paleobiologists, and paleoarcheologists, Paleobloggers dig up blogworthy material from the past to see what makes it tick. But instead of our prehistorical past, paleoblogging focuses on our analog past, blending in somewhere in the mid-1960s.

The World War II Today blog, which I mentioned last week, could be considered an example of paleoblogging, even though its subject matter is obviously dated prior to the 1960s.

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Publishing, self publishing, just publishing in the pre-post age

Tuesday, 1 June, 2010

A name for times, welcome to the “pre-post era” of publishing and communicating:

Whatever we consider this pre- era to be, it’s undeniably post- many things that defined publishing until about ten years ago. It’s post- having to bend to big distributors. It’s post- ignoring the screen as a viable reading space. And we’re rapidly closing in on post- printing mass-market throwaway books (they’ll work great digitally).

Via Bobulate.

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disassociated, for general exhibition, or mature audiences?

Wednesday, 28 April, 2010

A British twist on internet filtering, rather than outright blocking websites that are deemed to have inappropriate content, webpages are to be assigned film like certifications, allowing parents to block their children’s access to sites that exceed a certain rating.

Tibboh employs the Netsweeper system already in use in schools to determine each site’s suitability for different age groups, and the firm has said it will take note of public suggestions for ratings. Using a USB dongle developed by Tibboh, parents will be able to filter out all content rated as older than they deem suitable.

Assigning “classifications” to websites will obviously be a massive undertaking, but I also wonder just how much difficulty tech-savvy kids will have in circumventing such a system?

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The BBC is digitising its archives, but will we be able to view it?

Wednesday, 17 February, 2010

The BBC is in the process of digitising years worth of TV shows, from comedies to documentaries.

Since the last three years, about 50,000 hours of visual content have been digitised. This still accounts for less than 10 per cent of the total content. At present, most of the digitised content is not available for public viewing.

While they would eventually like to make this content publicly available, there seems to be some doubt as to whether this will happen.

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Apple’s tablet, serving print and web content on the one canvas?

Thursday, 28 January, 2010

Today is the big day, Apple is supposed to finally reveal whatever it is they are keeping up their sleeve. Whether it be an iSlate, an iTablet, or an iCanvas, Derek Powazek hopes the device will serve to meld print and online content.

Every content website I’ve ever worked on has proclaimed the death of print, but the truth is, they’ve all been secretly jealous of old media. Why? Consumers pay for print. Advertisers pay more for print. Print, for all its ink stains and dead trees still makes money. Meanwhile, every print organization I’ve ever worked with has been head-to-toe freaked about the web. The web is the hot, new thing that all the kids are excited about.

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Has technology turned us all into creative professionals?

Tuesday, 19 January, 2010

Has the advent of the “citizen content producer”, who can be aided simply by the publishing capabilities of a mobile phone with a camera and video recorder, brought about the end of the “creative professional”?

As Henry Jenkins pointed out in Textual Poachers and as I labored to point out in Plenitude, the distinction between cultural producers and consumers began to blur in the last 20 years. Indeed, there was a vast migration from one side of the distinction to the other. Many people who once merely consumed culture (in the form of film, art, comedy, observation, journalism, criticism) were now surprisingly good at producing this culture. Suddenly in the economy of culture, the number of suppliers exploded.

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Paying for the feel of the newspaper

Wednesday, 22 July, 2009

From a Daring Fireball article looking at online news revenue models, and the one very obvious, tangible, difference paying for news published in a newspaper has over online news sites:

When you pay a dollar for a newspaper it feels like you’re paying for the actual stack of paper, and it feels like a fair price. That just isn’t the case with web pages.

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Paper brings blogs to you where the web can’t

Monday, 26 January, 2009

The Printed Blog by Joshua Karp, publishing and distributing the best blog content in print.

“Why hasn’t anyone tried to take the best content and bring it offline?” said Karp, who thinks print media is far from dying. “[For] people around the world, who need to and want to consume information, whether it be in developing countries or emerging countries, newsprint is still going to be a main mechanism for information for years to come,” he said.

I bet you’d like to see your website in print, wouldn’t you?

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The not so black and white reality of clean feeds

Thursday, 27 November, 2008

Blacklists and internet clean feeds are not the way to protect Australian web users from “prohibited content”, says IBRS information security advisor, James Turner, on account of the sheer magnitude of work and resources required to maintain such lists:

“The problem with using blacklists is that you always have to go back to your supposedly omniscient database and compare every instance of a new site to the entire database of all that you know to be bad,” he said. “This is just bad engineering because there are two massive problems with this architecture: Firstly, you can never keep the database current; and secondly it will only ever grow because that is how a blacklist works.”

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