Wikepedia’s home page today
“For the past sixty years, TV executives have been making the decisions about what we watch in our living rooms. Kyncl would like to change that. Therefore YouTube, the home of grainy cell-phone videos and skateboarding dogs, is going pro. Kyncl has recruited producers, publishers, programmers, and performers from traditional media to create more than a hundred channels, most of which will début in the next six months—a sort of YouTV. Streaming video, delivered over the Internet, is about to engage traditional TV in a skirmish in the looming war for screen time.”
I was fascinated by “Streaming Dreams” by John Seabrook and the role Robert Kyncl, who brought streaming to Netflicks, is playing in transforming YouTube fron the most watched network in the world, but only for 15 minutes at a time, to a creator of original high-quality content that threatens annihilate cable, Network TV, and Hollywood all at the same time.
Enter the new web privacy bill before Congress making the whole tech community turn upside down.
“Supporters of controversial antipiracy legislation face a struggle to regain momentum after the White House sided with irate Internet companies and users over the weekend and complained that the proposal could hurt innocent companies and undermine cybersecurity.”
I realize that everyone on the web is involved in the fight over current legislation, from Google to Wikipedia. But I just wonder if what is really at stake here is the battle between web generated content and Hollywood generated content. Hollywood depends on a very close control of over it’s high priced output to create scarcity value. The web, as the New Yorker piece points out, is exactly the opposite. There is an infinite amount of content on the web and what rises to the top is a purely democratic matter. People vote with their eyeballs. There is no control over the means of production. I don’t want to get all Karl Marx here on you, but what the web does is level the playing field and make content something that we all get to choose, rather than some network executive who green lights yet another Mork & Mindy.
I for one am for interent freedom. How about you?