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Monday, August 25, 2008 Streams One Million Clips This Month Via Emeddable Player, the San Francisco-based, high-brow content site, has an agreement with Georgetown University to host and distribute speeches and conferences from the University. This adds to Fora's alliances with The Aspen Institute, The New Republic, The Brookings Institution and others. Foralogo Fora is one of a growing number of "intellectual YouTubes" -- sites which produce and aggregate content from thought leaders in business, the arts and academia. BigThink is a recent entry. The big player in the field is TED TV. Stay tuned to a online relaunch of Charlie Rose this fall, which should be huge. Fora does some original video, but mostly secures and organizes speeches and symposia. Fora is making progress. It just signed up for a joint venture with Australia's ABC television network and will collaborate with The New Republic this week in posting coverage from the Democratic National Convention. Last month, I spoke with Fora founder and CEO Brian Gruber at Stanford, where he was participant in our online video roundtable. This interview is published above. A few days ago, he told me the Fora clips are getting 1 million views per month via its embeddable player. Check out this video of Joe Biden speaking at the Common Wealth Club in San Francisco. -- Andy Plesser, Executive Producer
26 Aug 2008
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Here at Beet.TV we are like to chronicle how small media brands, with no legacy, emerge to grab attention., launched in 2007, is a site which presents videos of thought leaders speaking in public forums. It been gaining some traction over the past three months. According to Compete, Fora bested Charlie Rose online in traffic in December and January and was quite close in February. In the area of thought leadership, the big traffic winner is TED****, the site that features presentations from the TED conferences. It is having an extraordinary run. Last week in San Francisco, I spoke with Fora CEO Blaise Zerega about the site and why it is getting so much attention. He said the traffic numbers to the Web site is a small indication of the success of the site, he says that most of the views of the video appear off site, via an embeddable player and on YouTube. He also spoke about the site's redesign which was introduced last month. Also last month, started a syndication arrangement with Wired****. has been funded by William Randolph Hearst III and Adobe Systems. Blaise was a speaker at the Beet.TV Online Video Roundtable at the Adobe offices. We spoke after the conference concluded. -- Andy Plesser, Executive Producer Posted on Mar 10, 2009
25 Mar 2009
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******* Charlie Rose, the reigning king of intellectual late-night conversation, today relaunched his web site. Not just a redesign, it is the introduction of hundreds of new, short-form video clips edited from thousands of hours of on-air interviews. In cutting down the clips to around two minutes, Charlie has been edited out of many we've watched. While Charlie Rose is the very best interviewer on television, we think it's important in Web video for the subjects to speak for themselves. In surfacing the videos, the site employs a Flash photo slide show. This is an unconventional way to surface video. We think it is very effective. There is an extraordinary wealth of videos up on the site. I've posted one of our favorites, Neil Young, at the bottom of this post. Although Rose is the king of the airwaves, TED Talks is a big success in the online video space for wonkish online video. I am told by a spokesperson for TED that some 50 million videos have been viewed. Compete says TED had about 350,000 unique visitors last month. The big numbers for these sites, as well as related ones such as and BigThink and Beet.TV, are the number of videos which are streamed via embed codes and through other sites including YouTube -- and downloaded via iTunes. Case in point, while had just 60,000 uniques in October according to Compete, it had well over 1 million video views, Beet.TV has learned. Beet has about 50,000 uniques and streams about 150,000 videos per month. We are interested to see how these video sites are being redesigned to surface more content in attractive and effective user interfaces. BigThink, the start-up launched earlier this year by former Charlie Rose producers, has a redesign in public Beta which it will launch soon. And, just last week, Beet.TV launched its redesign. (Comments please below or to me at andy(at) are much appreciated.) In April in Washington, I sat down with Matt Rutherford, Rose's web strategist, for an overview of the big project. Matt was a speaker at the Beet.TV Online Video Roundtable in Washington. I've republished our interview here. -- Andy Plesser, Executive Producer
14 Nov 2008
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Complete video at: ******* Somali-born author, feminist and former Dutch Parliament Member Ayaan Hirsi Ali argues that America's "War on Terror" should more accurately be called a "War on Islam." ----- Ayaan Hirsi Ali discusses "Is Islam Compatible with Liberal Democracy?" with Clive Crook at the 2007 Aspen Ideas Festival. Some of the most inspired and provocative thinkers, writers, artists, business people, teachers and other leaders drawn from myriad fields and from across the country and around the world all gathered in a single place - to teach, speak, lead, question, and answer at the 2006 Aspen Ideas Festival. Throughout the week, they all interacted with an audience of thoughtful people who stepped back from their day-to-day routines to delve deeply into a world of ideas, thought, and discussion. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an outspoken defender of women's rights in Islamic societies. Ms. Hirsi Ali was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. She escaped an arranged marriage by immigrating to the Netherlands in 1992, and served as a member of the Dutch parliament from 2003 to 2006. In parliament, she worked on furthering the integration of non-Western immigrants into Dutch society, and on defending the rights of women in Dutch muslim society. In 2004, together with director Theo van Gogh, she made Submission, a film about the oppression of women in conservative Islamic cultures. Ms. Hirsi Ali is currently a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Clive Crook is a senior editor of The Atlantic and chief Washington commentator of The Financial Times. In addition, he writes a column for National Journal and serves as chief editorial adviser to David Bradley, the chairman of Atlantic Media Group. He was formerly on the staff of The Economist, latterly from 1993 to 2005 as deputy editor. A graduate of Oxford and the London School of Economics, he has served as a consultant to The World Bank and worked as an official in the British Treasury. He lives in Washington, DC.
18 Sep 2009
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Complete video at: ******* Historians David Kennedy and Joan Hoff discuss historical attitudes of U.S. Presidents during wartime. ----- "Conversations on Presidential Leadership: The President at War" with Tom Brokaw, David M. Kennedy, and Joan Hoff. The Aspen Institute and the Roosevelt House Institute for Public Policy at Hunter College are proud to present a new discussion series during the 2008 election season. "Conversations on Presidential Leadership" will inject into the campaign season the Institute's brand of thoughtful, informed, nonpartisan dialogue among some of the nation's most respected historians and contemporary observers of the presidency. - Aspen Institute David M. Kennedy, Ph. D. is the recipient of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in History for his book Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War 1929-1945, the latest addition to the award-winning Oxford History of the United States series. The Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History at Stanford University, he lectures on a wide variety of topics drawn from American history, about issues in higher education, and current events, both domestic and international, where he can bring some historical perspective to bear. Joan Hoff is a Research Professor of History in the Department of History and Philosophy at Montana State University. She is a specialist in twentieth-century American foreign policy and politics and in the legal status of American women. She was executive secretary of the Organization of American Historians from 1981 to 1989. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, includig the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians' Article Prize and the Stuart L. Bernath Prize for the best book on American diplomacy. She is the author of several books including Law, Gender, and Injustice: A Legal History of U.S. Women and Herbert Hoover: Forgotten Progressive. Her latest book is A Faustian Foreign Policy from Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush: Dreams of Perfectability.
25 Sep 2009
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Complete video at: ******* Harvard historian Niall Ferguson warns that the greatest danger of the current financial crisis could be the possible collapse of economic relations between China and America. ----- Professor and historian Niall Ferguson asks what the ramifications of the subprime crisis will be in the realm of grand strategy and politics. Is this an historical turning point, marking a decisive shift in financial power from West to East? Or are rumours of the death of the dollar and the decline of American empire exaggerated? - Hoover Institution Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. He is a resident faculty member of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University, and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
30 Sep 2009
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Complete video at: ******* Linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky criticizes right-wing media outlets, which he describes as delivering a message of paranoia and economic populism comparable to Nazis during the Weimar Republic. "There were people with real grievances," says Chomsky. "The Nazis gave them an answer." ----- World-renowned intellectual Noam Chomsky has been pushing change in language, politics and culture for decades. The controversial expert on modern language explains why "the smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum." - Commonwealth Club of California Noam Chomsky, a professor of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, is the author of numerous books on U.S. foreign policy, including American Power and the New Mandarins, Political Economy of Human Rights (two volumes, written with Edward Herman), Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians, and Pirates and Emperors, Old and New: International Terrorism in the Real World. His most recent books are Failed States and Perilous Power.
29 Dec 2009
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