This Monday I appeared on Hey! with Dane Golden. I met Dane in 2008 at Macworld, and then again when he came up to help with a “Lab with Leo Laporte” shoot. Dane went on to help Leo form TWIT, and worked as president of the TWIT Network until this year.
Dane’s now concentrating on HEY!, his new interview show. Usually it consists of both video and audio, but technical difficulties meant my wordsmithing will have to be listened to and not witnessed in the full audiovisual glory that is the Tokyo Hacker Space. Anyway, give it a listen and feel free to comment below or at Hey.com.
Can’t believe I forgot to post this earlier, but I wrote an article for the Japan Times last week about Sharp’s Galapagos tablet, a pad device aimed straight at the Japanese market. Sharp claims otherwise, but “Galapagos” has become a term to define the uniqueness and weakness of the Japanese mobile phone market, which created some of the most advanced and esoteric phones on the market, in a sealed environment where innovation was allowed to flourish but never interact with the outside world.
With the onset of the iPhone, that market is crumbling. I personally see many, many iPhones everywhere in Tokyo, and that has to strike fear into the heart of every Japanese cell provider (other than Softbank, presumably making a killing by offering the iPhone exclusively in Japan.)
So I don’t hold out much hope for this Sharp tablet. They may know something I don’t, but I can’t see a device like this competing in any way with the iPad.
Andrew Marr, host of the excellent Start the Week and former political editor for the BBC doesn’t like bloggers. While I see his point about abusive, nonsensical and and angry commenters, his outright dismissal of new media as a legitimate medium is laughable at best.
More to the point, it’s the typical elitist broadcasting reaction to a democratized media world. The playing field, while still imperfect, is much more level than ever before, and traditional broadcasters do not like the fact that they now face competition from all corners. Some of that competition is indeed “pimply, aggressive and single” but that’s always been true. The larger point is that the self-appointed position of cultural curator has been snatched from the hands of broadcasters and put into the hands of the people. It might not be pretty, but it’s reality, and no amount of bitching from upper-class talking heads will change that.
Having worked in broadcasting myself, I completely welcome this change. Broadcasting has its role and will continue to provide a valuable service, but it’s long past time we were able to create our own content, express our own opinions, and transmit our own shows. The expansion of mobile into every corner of our lives will only accelerate the process. And if Andrew Marr doesn’t like it, tough.
Left 4 Dead 2 is here, and it is so, so sweet. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is coming to the iPhone and iPod Touch, SimCity Deluxe is out for the iPad, and so is Civilization V. Todd and Warren also discuss in-game advertising, the Panasonic Jungle, Tap Tanks and Fruit Ninja. And Mexican lesbians are mentioned!