It’s that special time of year when we pack our bags and head for Texas. Our destination, of course, is SXSW Interactive (aka “Spring Break for Geeks”). The conference doesn’t kick off until Saturday, but Austin is such a happening place that we generally like to get there a day early just to hang around. The fact that Austin has free wireless Internet in every bar, and that margaritas are cheaper than water has (almost) nothing to do with our love of the city.
My personal goals for this year’s SXSW are:
- Solve the mystery of the SXSW press room
- Devour a few nuclear tacos
- Meet a few (hundred) 9rules members
- Drink Nick Denton into the poor house
As a result of all of this excitement, we may not be posting as regularly as we normally do. I’m not a big fan of live blogging during the sessions. It always seems to be a just a slightly more advanced form of stenography.
If you’re headed for Austin as well try to track us down and say Hi. And be sure to ask us for a Medialoper sticker. They’re hot off the presses and we’ve got more than we know what to do with.
If Macrovision CEO Fred Amoroso ever decides to give up business for comedy he might have a promising career ahead of him. The Internet is still laughing at his response to Steve Job’s open letter on DRM. Fortunately for Amoroso the humor was probably lost on the Hollywood executives the letter was intended to reach.
While music industry executives remain skeptical that they can make a buck in a DRM-free world, Amoroso is certain that his company needs DRM to survive. That’s because Macrovision’s business is DRM. By definition, the company survives by instilling fear in the hearts of entertainment industry executives. The last thing Macrovision needs is some upstart telling entertainment companies that DRM isn’t really necessary. Unlike Apple, Macrovision has nothing to sell but fear itself.
I’ve spent most of my adult life assuming that technology was in an endless upward spiral that would always provide me with a never ending supply of a) fast computers, b) cheap storage, and c) massive bandwidth. You can imagine my surprise when I recently discovered that we are apparently on the verge of a global bandwidth shortage. If true, that would certainly change most of my assumptions about the future of media, computing, and civilization as we know it.
My first inkling that we might have a serious problem came last week when a Google representative, speaking at the Cable Europe Congress, announced:
The Web infrastructure, and even Google’s (infrastructure) doesn’t scale. It’s not going to offer the quality of service that consumers expect.
It’s a special Valentines Day exclusive from Medialoper! There is nowhere else in the world where you can read this exact story!
Coming up later in this post, the story of my night of passion with Anna Nicole Smith!
When we started Medialoper a year ago, I had no idea what to expect. After all, we’d been having these discussions about media and technology and entertainment for a very long time and we were excited about translating them to the web, but there is a huge difference between red wine and whiskey-fueled bull sessions and sitting down and writing a well-researched, well-reasoned analysis on the latest developments in these fields.
And blogging? On a regular basis? Me? Hell, I’ve got a New Yorker cartoon pinned on my cubicle wall of one dog saying to another: “I had my own blog for a while, but I decided to go back to just pointless, incessant barking.”
What I hadn’t counted on was how fun it is to do this.