Community Media: Selected Clippings – 03/03/07

WilliNet to Broadcast ’06 Fall Festival of Shakespeare Productions

Williamstown, MA – Productions from Shakespeare & Company’s 2006 Fall Festival of Shakespeare will be presented on WilliNet-CH 17, the public access television station in Williamstown, MA, over the next 11 weeks. Enjoy!

Public access TV channel: Is it needed in Portage?
by Todd Krysiak
Portage Daily Register (WI)

As city leaders wonder how much interest there is in a public access cable channel for Portage, some advocates said it takes just a few dedicated people for a TV network to click. Those behind local access channels both across the state and in Portage are convinced a channel can air even if only a handful of community members are pushing it. >>>

City accepts Cox’s offer to renew cable license
by Eric Sagara
Tucson Citizen

The city has apparently resolved “substantive issues” with Cox Communications, the major cable provider within city limits. After a closed-door session Friday, the council voted 5-2 to accept terms of an offer made by Cox to renew its cable license with the city. Councilmen José Ibarra and Steve Leal opposed.

Under Friday’s agreement, which still must be reviewed by attorneys, the city will have three analog and two digital channels. The University of Arizona and Pima Community College will have one digital channel each through separate agreements with Cox. If those agreements fall through, the city regains control of the two channels to be used exclusively for higher education purposes. In addition, 2,000 hours of on-demand entertainment will allow viewers to see additional public programming. Currently, there are nine public access channels, including three analog channels for UA and PCC. Of the other channels, five are analog and one is digital. >>>

Coming Soon to a State Capital Near You: Astroturf
by Dawn Holian Iype
Common Cause

It almost feels like spring outside here in DC today — time for cherry blossoms, robins and fresh green leaves on trees. But in state capitals across the country, something more insidious seems to be cropping up: telecom industry astroturf. We’ve told you about this problem before. Last year, telephone and cable companies funded a handful of front groups and astroturf (i.e. fake grassroots) organizations to try to pass a telecom bill packed with special interest benefits through Congress. They failed. So now they’re shifting their efforts to state legislatures. Take, for instance, the Missouri Communications Alliance, which is working to pass a video franchising bill in Missouri: >>>

Kudos to J. Scott Christianson for writing an op-ed exposing the MCA. We’re hearing that new telecom astroturf groups are setting up shop in Illinois, Florida and other states. If you notice them, let us know. And more importantly, let others in your community know.

Social Media Now: Cisco’s Media Dreams
by Jason Chervokas
Social Media Club

>>> But my guess is that Cisco’s social networking aspirations are doomed by their target audience–media companies. Big media companies think they are ready to go social, but a comparison between Joost and YouTube is instructive. Joost, the TV industry’s online video hub of choice, is merely a cable TV style video distributor. YouTube is a community hub with a set of tools allowing all three legs of social media (contribution, participation, meta information generation). Big media simply is not really ready to embrace the stuff that makes social media so transformative.

When media becomes socially-enabled the source of media’s fundamental value shifts. The intellectual property itself is no longer the thing that drives value, instead, the ability of end users to do something with the intellectual property–tag it, share it, mash it up, comment on it–drives value. Contrary to the RIAA’s belief, a song that you can only listen to is considerably less valuable than one you can share, tag or remix.

Reading a book, watching a movie, listening to the radio, these are the leisure activities that make traditional media entertaining. But posting a video to YouTube, podcasting, or commenting on a blog are the leisure activities that make social media entertaining. >>>

compiled by Rob McCausland
Alliance for Community Media

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