Digital Culture Catch-Up: Books to Video

Here are a few links to recent news about various kinds of online media… from digital access to “orphan” books to digital access to new-born television series.

Google and Partners Revise Terms of Digital Book Deal -NYTimes.com

“Google and groups representing book publishers and authors filed a modified version of their controversial books settlement with a federal court on Friday. The changes would pave the way for other companies to license Google’s vast digital collection of copyrighted out-of-print books, and might resolve its conflicts with European governments.”

Using the Web to adjust the color on TV –WashingtonPost.com

“Web television has been around since the ’90s, but in the past year edgy new shows by, for and about minorities are proliferating on the Internet. Many of the new series take the form of webisodes — episodes that usually last about five minutes, aimed at the short-attention spans of the all-mighty Millennium Generation…”

The Post item features rowdyorbit.com and Chick.

The Man Who Made You Put Away Your Pen — NPR

An interview with Ray Tomlinson on the dawn of e-mail and the @ sign:

“To send messages between different computers, he needed a way to separate the names of senders and recipients from the names of their machines. The @ sign just made sense; it wasn’t commonly used in computing back then, so there wouldn’t be too much confusion. The symbol turns an e-mail address into a phrase; it means ‘user “at” host,’ Tomlinson explains. ‘It’s the only preposition on the keyboard.'”

What is Digital Culture? — Chris Pirillo

From last summer… an interesting video, discussion and links from the organizer of the Gnomedex tech conferences.

“When I think of digital culture, I think of it as a part of ourselves, and an extension of society. What it means to me is a step in mental evolution, and social responsibility. The phrase that explains the idea that technology connects us as humans which I coined is ‘Human Circuitry’ – which is now the theme of my Gnomedex conference.”

mild-mannered reporter who fell deeper into computers and the Web during three trips through graduate school in the 1980s and 1990s, then began teaching journalism, media studies and Web production, most recently as a faculty member at Radford University.

Posted in Computers, Digital Culture, Internet

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