The inevitable end of year/start of year column of rehash and predictions. No doubt I’ll regret this column next December, but if you’re interested in my predictions for the future of file sharing in 2004, read on.
My colleague Cheryl Leanza and I wrote an article for the American Bar Association Communications section defending media ownership limits and explaining why the old rules should be retained. It’s written with lawyers as the target audience, but we think we put it in English. It is available here.
I’ve spent my adult life in dread of it. These guys are awaiting it like hyperchristians awaiting the second coming. Or so it would appear. Actually, I didn’t spend a lot of time at their site because it’s so unreadable. One would think that techoidolators would at least make a passable attempt at using technology to promote their point of view. Oh well.
Bernard Lewis has two books out this holiday season: “What Went Wrong?” and “The Crisis of Islam.” WWW was written before 9/11 and published just after, but has been rereleased to take advantage of the surge of interest in the Middle East.
Lewis’ work is interesting and insightful, but overpriced. Especially since much of what he says can be found in various articles over the last 15 years and available via Google. So I recommend the books, but only when they go on sale after the holidays.
The Reagans, the miniseries originally created by CBS and then moved to Showtime, has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. Not bad for a series that CBS dumped to its sister property Showtime on the grounds that it didn’t have enough balance to air on broadcast TV. But was moving the Reagans off broadcast an artistic decision, or a financial decision by Viacom to curry political favor at a critical time.
Three opinions came out last week that made a nice little Chanukah gift for civil liberties buffs. Two related to Ashcroft’s attempts to circumvent the Constitution in the name fo security, one cuts short the RIAA’s efforts to gut the Constitution in the name of copyright. But the opinions still leave a lot of room for concern.
I seem to be the only one in America who fails to see the link between the capture of Saddam Hussein this week and the 2004 Democratic Presidential Primary. Or so says an op ed in today’s Washington Post. On the other hand, I do see this as a classic example of media group think.
I only heard about this guy after my book was written, so he’s really not the model for Monty Meekman, the mad-scientist cartoon-villain of Acts of the Apostles. However it is odd (creepy?) that everything he does seems to have been done first by Monty.
And oddly enough I find a lot of what he has to say very compelling. Maybe I should check my brain frequencies. . . maybe I’m just one more happy Feynman Nine customer?
.@publicknowledge's own @haroldfeld authored a full-length proposal for a #DigitalRegular decisive and agile enough to handle the rapidly appearing, innovative technologies springing up faster than the legislative process can accommodate. Check it out! https://www.publicknowledge.org/assets/uploads/documents/Case_for_the_Digital_Platform_Act_Harold_Feld_2019.pdf
Sipping coffee reading about DigitalRegulator proposals gaining steam. Love it here. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/09/16/why-democrats-are-rallying-around-creating-new-ftc-privacy-bureau-police-big-tech/
Millions of people could lose phone or alarm service in the 6 months. @NicholasPGarcia @publicknowledge explains concerns over the #3GSunset https://www.publicknowledge.org/blog/millions-of-people-could-lose-phone-or-alarm-service-in-the-next-six-months-heres-why/
This comprehensive but very readable blog from @aprincealbert3 @publicknowledge explains the 5 bills in the House #antitrust package + how they work together to curb the power of #bigtech https://www.publicknowledge.org/blog/big-tech-big-problems-big-solutions-the-legislative-package-to-reinvigorate-platform-competition/
Trying to figure out the implication of Epic v. Apple now that the hot takes have cooled? @publicknowledge @bergmayer has this cogent analysis of who won, who lost, and what needs to happen now. https://www.publicknowledge.org/blog/who-won-epic-v-apple-consumers-but-more-is-needed/