I want my MTV

Wer wie ich ein Kind der 80er ist wird sich vielleicht erinnern, was für eine Revolution das Aufkommen von MTV war. Fast zeitgleich mit dem Aufkommen der ersten Videorekorder war da ein Sender, der Musik mit Videos spielte – den ganzen Tag lang! Wer MTV _heute_ noch schaut wird davon leider nichts mehr weidererkennen, da gibt’s heutzutage nur noch Game Shows (man könnte ja jetzt sagen Videos lohnen für die Art von Musik eh nicht mehr, aber lassen wir das ;) )

Adam Curry, ex-VJ bei MTV hat zu dem Buch ein ausführliches Interview mit dem Autor geführt:

An Interview with Rob Tannenbaum – co-author of the book "I Want My MTV"

Watch this video on YouTube or on Easy Youtube.

Link zur Kindle-Version und zur Papier-Version des Buchs bei Amazon.

Video interview: Jacek Rutkowski interviews Adam Curry

Jacek Rutkowski (a.k.a. Mobile Phone Fan or Comic Strip Blogger) interviews Adam Curry:

I wonder why Adam has not posted this yet? There is also an audio version available. It’s mostly about mobile phones and gadgets. Adam sometimes has to counter Jacek’s Windows Mobile bias and hatred for Nokia, but all in all it’s a very civilized interview.

PodShow+ is open for business

You can register at http://www.podshow.com/.

It’s supposed to be a listener interface as well, combined with a community effort and a podcast directory.

It looks quite nice, and at least the directory stuff and integration with the Podsafe Music Network is cool. Unfortunately, I can’t get the listener interface working for me. The concept in itself looks pretty twisted, and the operations just don’t work for me. I have no idea how it is supposed to work with iTunes/iPod, and I can’t get *any* podcast to play from the site. This may be a problem with Firefox and/or popups, but I’m not willing to switch browsers to use the site.

I’ll be keeping an eye on it, though – this may have potential; I’m sure it’s just birthing pains.

Creative Commons: Useless.

Ok, I’m a bit late to comment on this, but this seems strange to me: if you followed Adam Curry’s lawsuit against a dutch magazine printing his Flickr images, you may have wondered about the absence of comments by either the EFF or Creative Commons.

Now that the judge has spoken, the durch chapter of CC appears out of nowhere and celebrates victory.

I’d like to join in, but can you call it a victory if nobody gets punised when they violate the license for the first time? All the judge basically said was ‘Don’t do that again!’. I don’t even see any mention whether they had to apologize, retract magazines from newsstands or anything like that.

To me, that means CC is a failure.

What do you think?

That stupid Earthlink commercial

OK; I’ve had it. That’s a post I’ve had on my list for quite a while now.

After we established my credibility as a podcasting listener, I think I can speak with some authority on the topic ;)

You see, I’m completely OK with ads in podcasts. Podcasts are high quality content which improve my daily life, so it’s only fair that the people creating them do get a fair return on their investment.

Having said that, Podshow’s Earthlink commercial, featured prominently on the Daily Source Code, the Gillmor Gang and others are just too crappy to listen to. In fact, they’re about the *only* podcasting content I *always* skip over.

Why’s that? You mean, apart from the gullible voice? Here’s what it says:

“Do you believe anything is possible? We do. We’re Earthlink. We believe in an internet that is safe from viruses and scammers. We’re Earthlink. We believe your personal information should be just that — personal. And we believe your internet should be a friend not a foe. We’re Earthlink. Make the smart choice. Visit earthlink.net and discover what our internet experts can do for you. Earthlink – we revolve around you.”

So you believe in an internet that’s safe from viruses and scammers? You’re not Earthlink, you’re naive!

The worst thing: I have no clue what they’re talking about – whatTF are they trying to sell me??? One podcasters mashup of that commercial mentions antivirus and anti-spam software that you get bundled – so what? Last time I checked Earthlink wasn’t mentioned as the superior provider of that kind of software in any review. GMails filters will do nicely for me, thank you very much.

It gets even worse in Steve Gillmor’s podcasts – he spends about a minute at the beginning of each episode explaining how great Earthlink is and what their comitment to the podosphere is. CRAP!

You see, that’s just not working. Especially for the fact that Steve Gillmor doesn’t sound credible at all when he talks about this. I just don’t buy it. That happened before when he was trying to push Logitech and couldn’t even get the packaging open – it just doesn’t sound convincing, it’s more like “crap, I need to plug that damn advertiser again…”.

Now Adam Curry says this is all great, Earthlink accepts the criticism, and now it’s the listeners turn to come up with a better ad.


If you want to get the advertiser money, *you* better come up with something we can believe!
It’s not that this is so hard – it worked with Adam’s burping which makes me think ‘Senseo!’ (ok, usually I do have a cup of that in my car at the time that I’m listening, anyway) despite all the de-programming efforts, and even when he pushed the Logitech stuff it came across credible.

I guess the heart of the matter is: if you can talk about an advertisers product as a user who loves the product and truly and honestly uses it every day, this will work with the listener, too. If not – forget it, i.e. just play the bloody commercial and get it over with.

And it seems I’m not alone with that opinion.

But stop talking about it. Please.