Examination of the Internet's Effect on Entertainment and News Gathering in the Participation Age
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- November 29, 2006 /PRNewswire/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW), the creator of the open source Solaris(TM) Operating System (Solaris OS), today announced the launch of The Big Mashup (at www.sun****/thebigmashup), a unique online experience examining how the world of entertainment and news gathering is rapidly changing as the network blurs the line between audience and entertainer, viewer and newscaster, fan and producer. With Internet technologyâmusic and movies, broadcast news and blogs, entertainers and audiencesâcan all converge and mix online. The Big Mashup will feature a documentary with media and entertainment thought leaders, a community blog discussing the impact of changes brought on by the network, and Snapp Radio, an online music and photo application mashup developed by Sun Labs and featuring Last.fm and RadioParadise streams paired with Flickr images.
"The Internet today is all about participation, collaboration, and community â we all see this every day by the rise of citizen journalism, blogs, podcasts, online videos, and mashups of all kinds," said Ingrid Van den Hoogen, senior vice president of brand and global communications. "Our Big Mashup brings together leading innovators across various new media sectors to address the future of entertainment and the growth in the network which is fueled by community and collaboration."
Chris Melissinos, Sun Microsystems' chief technology officer for Web 2.0 and a self-proclaimed video game addict, hosts the documentary video showcasing entertainment and media thought leaders such as Andrew Baron, founder, and Joanne Colan, host of Rocketboom; Gillian Caldwell, executive director of WITNESS; Joel Hyatt, Current TV's CEO and co-founder; Douglas Rushkoff, writer and lecturer on technology, pop culture and media; Paul D. Miller/DJ Spooky, artist, writer, musician and producer; and Martin Stiksel, Last.fm's CCO. These industry pundits will give their perception of how the network has changed for businesses and the way entertainers perform.
Another key component to The Big Mashup is Web 2.0 music application, Snapp Radio, which streams music from Last.fm or Radio Paradise and weaves in Flickr photos tagged with keywords or emotionally evocative tags corresponding to the song. Links to related communities and websites that explore the new realm of entertainment online will also be included on the site.
Once upon a time I was heavily into the academic thing. One day I'm sure I will return. If you're at all interested in some insightful explorations of technology, media, communications, and digital culture, here are some books I found inspirational academically and informative for my work as a journalist. (I've dropped in affiliate links, so buying would support Midnight Update, too!)
Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything
Screenagers: Lessons In Chaos From Digital Kids (Hampton Press Communication) This isn't the same book I mentioned, but it seems to be hard to find now new and this is a similar book from Rushkoff. Anything by Rushkoff rocks in my books.
The Soft Edge: A Natural History and Future of the Information Revolution
Why TV is Good for Kids: Raising 21st Century Children
The Production of Space
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This Dual-Layer DVD contains an amazing 4 hours from The Disinformation Company's massive counterculture event in New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. Highlights from the now legendary Disinfo.Con event include appearances by Robert Anton Wilson, Marilyn Manson, Joe Coleman, Kenneth Anger, Grant Morrison and many more.
New York hadn't seen anything like this since the Nova Convention in 1978 which saw Frank Zappa, Patti Smith and others anoint William Burroughs as king of the counterculture. A quarter century later Disinformation's keynote speakers Richard Metzger and Doug Rushkoff ushered in a dizzying, day-long array of performances ranging from sword-swallowing to sanskrit chanting, interspersed with lectures and conversations with counterculture luminaries like industrial music progenitor Genesis P-Orridge, Mondo 2000 founder R.U. Sirius, theorists, performance artists and others.