Alice from the Wonderland Games Blog was at the National Association of Television Programming Executives conference yesterday, taking notes on the sessions. Of especial interest is her notes from "Engaging for Insight: Putting the Power of Fan Cultures to Work for You" -- which included the CMO of Virgin Comics, a VP from Turner Networks, and a couple of consultants. It's fascinating to see TV execs trying to come to grips with Internet fandom:
I ran comedycentral.com when we launched Southpark. We used the web early on to let fans find each other, but I was doing it in a Viacom universe who was walking around with a sledgehammer for anyone who put a bit of fan content up on a site.. but now we do just the opposite. Comic books have their own places for people to interact: Virgin comics has been publishing since just July of last year, and already we've tracked 1100 websites talking about our comics in 12 different countries. That's wild? How many TV shows can claim something like that? There aren't many. Network programming needs to reach out and respect those people online talking about your stories. they talk about our stories, adn we don't have to pay them! the fan is happy talking because they like the product, and we're fans of the fans.
It’s the end of an era, sort of: Fraunhofer IIS, the developers of the MP3 audio compression format, announced that they are ceasing their licensing program. In a blog post, spokesman Matthias Rose says that it’s had a good 20-year run and is obsolete. But it’s also true that the decoding patents expired last year, […]
Freddy deBoer writes that he’s been telling the same joke for years about Silicon Valley’s only product, which might be universalized as “At last, a way to verb with nouns on the internet!” But the social-media techopoly is stable, now, and so the venture capitalists have moved on to the three terrible trends that will […]
Alex Wood is an addict but won’t give up his smartphone. But he has five strategies for limiting its control over him: “I used to wake up tired. My body would ache and my head felt sore, like waking up with a hangover. Finally, I took control, like attending an AA class for addicts, I […]
Boasting an IPX6 waterproof rating, the Trakk Bullet Ultra Compact Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker resists dust and heavy rainfall. It’s currently available in the Boing Boing Store.The Trakk Bullet offers the same wireless convenience as other portable speakers, but few are built as tough as this one. Its utilitarian construction is designed to be a totally low-maintenance […]
The Ticwatch 2 Active Smartwatch is a simpler take on an active wearable that raised over $2m dollars on Kickstarter and is currently offered in the Boing Boing Store.Somewhere in between the single-day battery life and platform-specificity of the Apple Watch and Android Wear devices, there exists the Ticwatch. Instead of trying to shoehorn another […]
Loot Crate is a subscription service that delivers a box of curated pop culture goods to your doorstep. To sample their geeky wares, you can order a single mystery box exclusively from the Boing Boing Store.Each month Loot Crate sends you 6-7 unique items and apparel, including collectibles, books, and t-shirts. Pulling inspiration from all […]