Links for December 18th through March 27th:
- Arts, Briefly – Artist Looks to Be Legal – NYTimes.com – Though the artist Shepard Fairey, right, has become a museum darling, he’s still stayed close enough to his street-art roots to have been arrested, jailed overnight and sentenced to two years of probation last year in Boston for pasting his work on buildings before a retrospective at the city’s Institute of Contemporary Art. Now, as he prepares for a May exhibition at Deitch Projects in New York, Mr. Fairey is planning to put up street art the polite way, by asking building owners.
- Talent Agents for Video Game Creators – NYTimes.com – Video game agents come in two distinct varieties. On one side are broad Hollywood agencies that extrapolate their movie and television approach to the pinnacle of the video-game business. United Talent spends most of its time working with prominent game writers like Susan O’Connor (BioShock, Gears of War) and the top echelon of publishers. Ditto Creative Artists, although it is also trying to cultivate a handful of promising young designers.<br />
On the other end of the spectrum are scrappy, under-the-radar companies like Digital Development Management, or D.D.M., that focus solely on video games. Founded in 2006 by Jeff Hilbert, one of the first agents to specialize in the genre, D.D.M. is finding success catering to teams of developers — the movie business equivalent of an independent production company versus one superstar producer.
- Spying on how we read « Music Machinery – Most Abandoned – the books and/or authors that are most frequently left unfinished. What book is the most abandoned book of all time? (My money is on ‘A Brief History of Time’) A related metric – for any particular book where is it most frequently abandoned? (I’ve heard of dozens of people who never got past ‘The Council of Elrond’ chapter in LOTR).
- The Clientele "Never Anyone But You" Live on Soundcheck –
- Douglas Rushkoff, Program or be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age – 1. Time. Thou shall not be always on. We are turning an asynchronous net as always on. He encouraged saying “My time is mine.”<br />
2. Distance. Thou shalt not do from a distance what can be done in person. Using long distance in short distance situations. Don’t use distance learning in localized context.
- Neil Young Solo Shows 2010 – solo shows 2010
- New! 72 Power Plant f/ co-founder Eberhard Kranemann –
- I’m Here– A Love Story in an Absolut World –
- The Social Media Bubble – Umair Haque – Harvard Business Review – Let's summarize. On the demand side, relationship inflation creates beauty contest effects, where, just as every judge votes for the contestant they think the others will like the best, people transmit what they think others want. On the supply side, relationship inflation creates popularity contest effects, where people (and artists) strive for immediate, visceral attention-grabs — instead of making awesome stuff.
- Instapaper –
- The Associated Press: European privacy battle looms for Facebook, Google – The actions set the stage for a fresh battle between American Web giants and European authorities a month after an Italian court held three Google executives criminally responsible for a user-posted video.<br />
Any changes resulting from the investigation could drastically alter the way Facebook, Google's YouTube and others operate, shifting the responsibility for ensuring personal privacy from users to the company.<br />
Swiss and German data protection commissioners are demanding that Facebook explain its practice of allowing users to upload e-mail addresses, photographs and other personal details about people who haven't signed up to the site.
- Deborah Peel: Your Medical Records Aren’t Secure – WSJ.com – The privacy of an electronic health record cannot be restored once the contents are sold or otherwise disclosed. Every person and family is only one expensive diagnosis, one prescription, or one lab test away from generations of discrimination.<br />
The solution is to insist upon technologies that protect a patient's right to consent to share any personal data. A step in this direction is to demand that no federal stimulus dollars be used to develop electronic systems that do not have these technologies.
- One on One: Christopher Poole, Founder of 4chan – Bits Blog – NYTimes.com – So what’s next?<br />
I’m working on a new project to reimagine what an image board should be today using the current technologies available.<br />
Can you tell me more about it?<br />
Not really, sorry. But our code is a decade old, the foundation is really rickety and the layout is old, so imagine if you were to start 4chan today, what would it look like, how would it work with a modern browser. It’s kind of like a re-boot, but it will be something separate to 4chan.
- How Privacy Vanishes Online, a Bit at a Time – NYTimes.com –
- "Making Sense of Privacy and Publicity" – Citation: boyd, danah. 2010. "Making Sense of Privacy and Publicity." SXSW. Austin, Texas, March 13.
- Make The Girl Dance – Baby Baby Baby (English Text) –