Open Video Conference Present.


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This is the presentation I'm giving at the Open Video Conference at NYU. It's a very simplistic presentation and is missing many of my comments, but I added notes that give the general gist of what I'm talking about.

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  • So, let’s say this is the future and past of the internet
  • This is a fancier picture, but let’s use my simple line
  • So if this timeline is the history and future of the internet
  • We need to focus on the possible futures, much further beyond our topic here today of open video – which is just a blip on the way to that possible future
  • We are actually very far behind now. This is maybe the beginning
  • And we’ve been progressing
  • But it’s interesting that Stewart Brand first brought up the central dilemma of info in the digital age way back in 1984. And we’re still fighting this battle, and haven’t solved it. It’s really the underpinnings of everything we’re talking about today.
  • 4 years later, the internet was opened to commercial interests
  • We’ve gotten some neat toys, but anyone who took a cyberspace course can tell you, we’re way behind where everyone thought we’d be by now. It turns out the internet is very slow
  • If the internet started in the 60s and we’re now here with social networking and facebook, what happened to my hypertext and my VR goggles?
  • We’ve got video online now, and we’re building some cool social networks. But how do we ensure we don’t just build a better TV? Putting your film online, building some audience, these are just the beginnings of a much grander picture.
  • If we’re at web 2.0, we need to be dreaming about web 4000.0 I don’t pretend to have the answers to what the future holds. But I do think that we’ve got some clues
  • Way back in 1989, just 5 years after Stewart Brand’s information expensive/free dilemma, Greg Ulmer observed something pretty interesting
  • He called it electracy
  • Following Ong, we’re going from Orality to Literacy and now to Electracy.
  • Following Ong, we’re going from Orality to Literacy and now to Electracy.
  • Where all thought processes, cultural production, business models, thought and communication are mediated by digital technology.
  • Electracy is at leat a part of where we’re going. So if we’re here today with our conversations about open video and not keeping this in mind, then we’re doing ourselves a disservice. This isn’t about a fancier tv, or just keeping video open. It’s about an entirely new paradigm and open video is an important part – if we want the world to operate a certain way – but it’s only one part
  • If we’re here today in Facebook, Twitter, YouTube land
  • Then we’re arguably very much still in the duct tape and bailing wire stage
  • But what happens in the future is very much up for grabs.
  • And that’s what concerns me the most about this conference – and why I am glad it’s taking place – because the future is very much going to become determined by a few factors – policy, vision, business models and decisions.
  • The important one to me is business models. We’re flailing at finding them. Those most threatened by the disruptions of digital aren’t aging dinosaurs
  • they’re actually vicious, blood-sucking beasts hell-bent on staying alive and thus far their the only ones with an actual business model to stay alive.
  • We unfortunately must make money with open video. So my challenge to this group is to think more broadly about how open video fits into the bigger picture of the future. If all we build is a fancier open tv, we’ve failed. And second, focus all your attention on business models that can be sustained without government or foundation support.
  • Open Video Conference Present.

    1. 1. The Internet
    2. 2. The Internet
    3. 3. The Internet
    4. 4. Future
    5. 5. Arapanet (1969)
    6. 6. First Use of term Internet Dec 1974
    7. 7. “On the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it's so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other.” Stewart Brand 1984 First Hackers Conference
    8. 8. 1988 Opened to Commercial Interests
    9. 9. 2004: Facebook
    10. 10. 2006: Google YouTube
    11. 11. Now: Twitter, etc
    12. 12. Future TODAY
    13. 13. 1989 Greg Ulmer: Teletheory
    14. 14. Electracy 1989 Greg Ulmer: Teletheory electronic enabled thought, processes, writing, storytelling, business practices - all based on electronic, visual, motion media communication.
    15. 15. Orality
    16. 16. Orality Literacy
    17. 17. Orality Literacy electracy
    18. 18. Future TODAY Electracy
    19. 19. Future TODAY
    20. 20. Photo: Julian Bleecker
    21. 21. Future
    22. 22. Future Potential Roadblocks: Policy Lack of Vision Lack of Business Models Established Players Thanks Jenny Toomey
    23. 26. Blog: Email: [email_address] Twitter: @Bnewman01