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.
Neglected public payphones in New York City are being turned into “GuyFi” stations: a place where one can rub one out for the sake of “stress relief.” Annalee Newitz reports on the wank booths from a company named “Hot Octopus”… The company reported that at least 100 men used the booth on its opening day […]
You’d be forgiven for thinking the videocassette format long-dead, but it turns out that Betamax is still around. Sony is finally going to withdraw tapes from sale, bringing a 40-year story to an end. The last recorders were sold in 2002. ベータビデオカセットおよびマイクロMVカセットテープ出荷終了のお知らせ [Sony; via The Verge]
A leaked Comcast memo discloses that the company’s consumer data caps have nothing to do with network congestion, contrary to its public claims. The internet service provider has often complained (such as when lobbying against net neutrality) that it must impose limits on service to prevent network congestion. The argument suggests that these measures are […]
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Remember back to the time when people thought java was just a hip way to talk about coffee? Or you vaguely remembered from geography class that it’s an island in the South Pacific? We’ve come a long way since then and now that we’ve rocket blasted into the tech future, you’re going to need to […]
Plastic is so 2013. You don’t want to buy something only to throw it away or lose it and barely care. You like nice things and want to hang onto them. The Plazmatic lighter here is a high quality, high tech alternative to the typical cheap, plastic lighter you get at the old gas station. […]