Mixed Bag o’ Goodies

Here is a round up of some interesting links (the first 3 I gathered from Henry Jenkins’ blog):

  • Accomplished film academics Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell have a blog;
  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Avi Santo have started MediaCommons:

MediaCommons, a project-in-development with support from the Institute for the Future of the Book (part of the Annenberg Center for Communication at USC) and the MacArthur Foundation, will be a network in which scholars, students, and other interested members of the public can help to shift the focus of scholarship back to the circulation of discourse. This network will be community-driven, responding flexibly to the needs and desires of its users. It will also be multi-nodal, providing access to a wide range of intellectual writing and media production, including forms such as blogs, wikis, and journals, as well as digitally networked scholarly monographs. Larger-scale publishing projects will be developed with an editorial board that will also function as stewards of the larger network.

On the site you’ll also find a great idea: In Media Res. Academics provide astute and compressed commentary over footage.

Scott Donaton, associate publisher and editorial director of the Ad Age Group and author of Madison & Vine talked about why user-empowerment is the key trend in business, and the ways marketers are adapting to it, including the rise of branded entertainment.

  • There is a podcast interview with fellow cross-media researcher Andrew McKenzie on his mobile movie business at Idealog.
  • If you haven’t already heard, Big Brother is in Second Life. They’re doing a SL-specific show that will be broadcast in the Netherlands. I have checked out the set inworld and look forward to ‘watching’ it inworld. Here is some info from the press release:

Endemol is the first television producer in the world to establish a branch in Second Life. Managing
Director Paul Romer: “The role of online communities is becoming increasingly important. As a
producer of cross-media content, Big Brother Second Life represents a fantastic opportunity to amass
knowledge of the virtual world. In the future we will use this experience to develop specific content for
online communities. Big Brother is the perfect format. Now that it’s been seen by 2 billion viewers all
over the world, it is now time to conquer the virtual world.”

I’ll be adding this to my listing of cross-media strategies with virtual worlds.

  • Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere is out.
  • And last but not least, The Electronic Literature Organisation has published the Electronic Literature Collection. It is available in CD-Rom format and there are additional pieces on the web. There are many classics and new gems there to delve into. Enjoy!

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