Kevin Spacey is one smart man! Here he discusses the state of the television (and film) industry at the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival. He seems to understand what most of the tech press has been harping about regarding the reticence of the TV industry to move to subscription models. The most striking thing about his speech is the discussion of the pilot episode phenomenon which exists more in the US than in the UK. I have quoted some of it below, which begins around 1 minute, 30 seconds:
Last year, 113 pilots were made, 35 of those were chosen to go to air, 13 of those were renewed, but most of those are gone now.
After watching just one of those twenty-two shows that were not renewed for a second season, I launched into a diatribe about network television’s inability to decide what they want: the popular or the praiseworthy. Kevin Spacey lays it out much more succinctly. If you are interested in watching the entire lecture, you can find it here. Enjoy!
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.