Tuesday, March 17 is going to be an exciting day. You get to pinch your non-green wearing friends, have an excuse to be drunk in public in the middle of the week and you can witness the first ever Twitterview!
As a journalist and Web-geek, I feel it is my duty to blog about this. At 12 noon on Tuesday, George Stephanopoulos of ABC News will conduct a full interview with Senator John McCain using only Twitter. That’s right, the site that confines your posts to 140 characters. I’m a big Twitterphile and apparently so is John McCain. He updates about his day and favorite sports like anyone else, but he’s also become popular for doing countdowns on pork spending in the upcoming stimulus package. So it makes a lot of sense that he’d go for this concept.
Stephanopoulos got the idea for the Twitterview when he asked my own state senator, Claire McCaskill, via Twitter why she suddenly decided to vote no on the $410-billion omnibus budget bill since she had said she was supporting it before. She tweeted him back:
“George S.:Ultimately just couldn’t do it. Not just earmrks tho, also increase in spendng(8%too much)& failure to reconcile $ with stimuls.”
How cool. I know that McCain and several other Twitter-smart politicians respond to people and read the replies. It makes people feel more connected to their politicians and it’s smart of them to keep people updated via a popular tool like Twitter. I’m excited for the Twitterview and what this means for journalism. Will a lot of people tune in? Will it engage people? Will this be a stepping stone for more online live interviews on social networks?
We shall see.
So it seems like people are abandoning their TVs. I can’t count the number of times I’ve tried to complain about a commercial or missing my favorite show when I am reminded how out of fashion I am. Who watches TV anyway? Well, at least, on a TV. Yesterday, a guy in one of my classes was looking at the newspaper and someone asked what he was reading. “Oh just the TV guide, looking to see what’s on tonight,” he responded. Someone scoffed at him, “just watch them online!”
Now-a-days all the cool kids watch their favorite shows online shortly after, or sometimes even while, they premiere on the cable channel. Who needs constant commercial breaks highlighting various products when they can have a few short ads for just one product. All the stations now have their shows streaming on their Web sites: ABC, Spike, and Comedy Central to name a few. Or, if you’re looking for all your favorite shows from the various channels in one place, Hulu is for you. Not only does Hulu have TV shows, it also has feature length movies like Liar Liar and Rocky; whatever you’d expect to be playing at some point in time during the day while you’re at work or school. Continue reading »
It all started with a video (this post is going to be YouTube heavy).
Ju from D4L (the guys that did the “Laffy Taffy” song) posted “Been Counting Money”:
Where he coins the phrase “been had money” over and over again.
A young, nerdy guy named Cody Clarke decided to one up Ju with his own version, “Been Had Movies”:
Where he shows off his plentiful collection of DVDs.
Ju, not to be shown up, responded himself with “Been Had Bootleg Movie”: Continue reading »
The Initial Case
Blizzard Entertainment, creators of the ridiculously popular World of Warcraft MMORPG, are singing praise and patting themselves on the back because of their victory over the creators of WoWGliderBot. WoW Glider was a software that would essentially play your character in the game for you, doing all of the menial tasks like gathering items and killing mobs in order to level.
So Blizzard went on the offensive and, looking for some real life gold, sued the creators of WoWGlider, winning $6 million back in October. However, Blizzard took it a step further and dragged them back to court this last month in a case to determine whether the creators broke the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Judge finds WoWGlider in Violation of DMCA
Somehow, Arizona Judge David G. Campbell ruled that the WoWGlider software violated the DMCA. Meaning that because they violated the Terms of Service/Use put in place by Blizzard they were infringing their copyright. So even though the program is not at all used to extract Blizzard’s copyrighted material, they have been found to be in violation of their copyright. Continue reading »
You know an Internet meme has come full circle when the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is using it or, as I suspect, one of her interns.
What am I talking about? Feast your eyes on:
Just some cats around the capital, oh wait what’s happening to the music? A familiar 80s tune appears, this has happened to me before…but the Speaker of the House? I look at the channel again, it says NancyPelosi and it looks official. How can this be? Continue reading »
The holiday season is always a crunch on people’s wallets. You go from Halloween candy and costumes to Thanksgiving feast to Christmas gifts, food and decoration to New Year’s fireworks and alcohol. This year is especially tight with economic and financial woes.
I often visit the coupons section of my favorite forum, keeping an eye out for a great deal, and there are plenty of Web sites that are willing to help.
Many of you have heard of the deal-a-day savings on Web sites like woot.com, which offers a different product each day at a severely discounted price. It now includes sub-sites such as shirt.woot.com that has a different shirt every day for just $10.
I found Bantler.com, which very conveniently compiles these deal-a-day sites onto one page. Bookmarking that page, I check it daily for great savings on sites like the various Woot! pages, Amazon, Yugster, and SteepandCheap. Deals include clothing, electronics, jewelry, wine and cheeses, DVDs, mystery boxes, outdoors equipment and much more. On Bantler, you can sort by category or site, and you can add them to your Facebook for updates. Continue reading »