Thursday, March 15, 2007

The future of Internet Video

I found this article at "" very interesting. Why you ask? Because the author's statement here:

In a case that will pit the old guard of media against the new giant of Internet video, Viacom Inc. said yesterday it is suing YouTube and Google for $1-billion (U.S.), accusing them of "brazen disregard" for copyright laws.

Is right on. The Big Media companies need to evolve or die. It's time to wake up and realize that the new world order is Customer choice. They need to realize that the Customer comes first, not their pocket books. It is widely known that the Artist only gets a small fraction of the profit on their produced works. If that is the case... where does the rest of the money go? Especially in this world of electronic distribution?

Quite a few companies have been making inroads to solve for this problem. Look at ABC delivering shows on the Internet right after they air. They have realized that brand identity and customer care is far more important than squeezing every penny out of the system.

To the Media Companies: Wake up and smell the bacon. Evolve or die.

-End of Ramble

Monday, March 12, 2007

The 'hidden' US

What an ominous title, huh? Sounds like I know something that no one else does... like I'm a CIA operative or something, right? Nope. I was driving in my care the other day and I started to think about those of us "ordinary" people... People who go to Church every Sunday... People who spend time with their kids every chance that they get... People who are just looking to take advantage of the American dream and how far apart we are from the 'elites'.

Who are the 'elites' (self titled)?

They are those who worry about going to the latest gallery opening. Those who will put aside a baseball game for their kid so they can got to a wine bar to be with their shallow and superficial friends. You know the type, right? You know who I'm talking about, right?

The non-elites are those of us who do the work to make it possible for them to have their superficial relationships. We run the 7-11's. We run the grocery stores. We pave the roads. We deliver the mail. We are the America that makes the them wonder why we, as a country, are so inept (as they would say.)

We are the underpinnings of our society. We are America.

God Bless us. We who have a soul.

-End of Ramble

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Obama meets the big leagues

Well ... The freshman Senator come Presidential hopeful has now learned that the waters are much colder and shark infested at that level... Turns out "Mr. Ethics" has invested in some stock deals from donors... hmmm...

Link on ABC's "The Note"

Interesting on "The Note":

Make your predictions now: Does he cancel? If not, what is his body language and tone like? Does he come with more facts? Does he refuse to take questions on this topic? Will there be live cable coverage? Does Obama call the reporters "guys" in that frustrated way of his? )

I get a chuckle out of that...

The real question becomes... What does the Democratic party look like after Obama and Hillary?

-End of Ramble