In recent years, much of the interest in online video has focused on its effects on mainstream or conventional television – the emergence of a "clip culture," where popular segments of television programs draw larger audiences on websites like YouTube than on conventional television. My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that the shift of conventional broadcast to the Internet is remarkable, but it misses important developments for longer form video.
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TVO, Ontario's public broadcaster, has announced plans to develop a dedicated YouTube channel featuring its programming and involving a revenue sharing partnership.
My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, Ottawa Citizen version, homepage version) assess the use of the Internet in the last election. Business increasingly recognizes the need for an Internet strategy that engages current and prospective customers. In the just-concluded national election, many analysts anticipated an "Internet election" with sophisticated websites, active blogging, YouTube videos, Facebook groups, and rapid-fire Twitter postings.
While the public and activist groups used the Internet to promote their candidates (partisan bloggers for each party provided a near-continuous echo chamber of commentary), issues (the Culture in Peril YouTube video had a marked impact the Quebec electorate) or to encourage strategic voting patterns (Voteforenvironment.ca received considerable attention), the political parties themselves seemed stuck with Web 1.0 strategies in a Web 2. 0 world. Each party had the requisite websites, yet their most innovative initiatives – the Conservatives' Notaleader.ca and the Liberals' Scandalpedia.ca to name two – were quickly dismissed as juvenile sites that did more harm than good (the New Democrats' Orange Room is a notable exception).
With months of advance preparation, why did the parties perform so poorly?
The Department of Culture, which is fighting the Conservatives' culture cuts, has launched a YouTube contest called Gone in 30 Seconds.
Thanks to the many people who took the time to create videos for the C-61 in 61 Seconds video competition. The judges have reviewed all the submissions and selected three as their top choices: Kill Bill (C-61), Bill C-61's Bizarre Digital Lock Rights, and La Petite View Numerique/The Simple Life […]