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Multimedia and Digital Commentary Online

 

Site maintained by

Michael Bush

 

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT 84602

 

Featuring thought on digital and multimedia technologies, book recommendations, and interesting and useful links.

 

Last update:
28 June 2010

 

Important Note!

A while back, after a very long absence, I began updating this site (which was in effect a blog before blogs existed). Rediscovering the transient nature of the Web, I have recognized that some of the links do not work. Rather than try to fix this old version, however, I have now decided to convert to Wordpress on another site. Stay tuned!


Places to Go

A friend of mine in the multimedia industry once told me he was setting a trend by being the first to announce that he was NOT reading Wired.  We don't always like their style, but they do know what is going on.

The Los Angeles Times provides excellent coverage of what is happening with the impact of digital technology on life in general and on the media in particular.

Check out the Internet.com site for a lot of up-to-date information on Internet technologies.

Simba and Cowles have put together SimbaNet, a Web site that looks very interesting for "media professionals."


On the Web

Language Learning via the Web shows how the World Wide Web is experiencing exponential growth through its primary use as a means of accessing information. Unfortunately many educators were a bit late in considering its potential for education.

World Wide Web Technology: What's Hot and What's Not. In 1996 we were feeling bad about almost missing the "Internet Revolution" but then we realized that Bill Gates had almost missed it as well.

MPEG-7

Most people have heard of MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4.  Where those standards specify how video should be encoded and compressed, MPEG-7 specifies an XML schema for describing video content. Our interest at Brigham Young University (BYU) stemmed from our work on standard approaches for video asset descriptions (VAD) .Our work with Japanese National Television and Motorola was incorporated into Part 9 of the standard, essentially a subset of the incredibly huge full MPEG-7 standard, known as the Core Description Profile.


Random Rips

Check out these mini-essays on topics of interest. You can even talk back, sound-off with your own ideas!
Drill and kill?


Digitally Speaking

Several years we became quite interested in the brouhaha surrounding the DOJ vs. Microsoft battle and published our first piece on "Gates Hate" over ten years ago!
"Fear and Loathing in Cyberspace" is a three-part series of articles with a subsequent update that  examined the role of Microsoft Corporation and other "eagles of the Information Age" and how they have influenced the evolution of the microcomputer industry. Is Bill Gates the villain in this story -- or could he be a hero? Are there any heroes to be found?

Read previous essays on digital technologies in the Historical Perspectives section.

Recent Articles

Here is a piece that a colleague and I wrote on what we have been promoting as “tool and content malleability.”

Conference
Presentations

Check out PowerPoint presentations from past conferences.
ACTFL Nashville  2006
ACTFL Baltimore 200
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Click Here for our poster on Customized Video Playback (CVP) from the Digital Humanities Conference at the Sorbonne in Paris in July 2006.

Click Here for a presentation given in October 2006 as part of the Lansdowne Visting Lecturer Program at the University of Victoria. British Columbia.
This is a HUGE file (77 MB)!


Current Reading

Check out our recommendations for books that will keep you "in the know!"  You can even purchase them from Amazon.com by clicking on the Buy it! links.

The World is Flat 
Buy it!

Thomas Friedman captures the essence of many very important issues in our “increasingly flat” world.


Miscellaneous Local Links

From 1996 through 1998 we covered for the Multimedia Monitor the Milia Conference held each year in Cannes, France.

George Glider is an author that Bill Gates reads. No foolin'!

George Gilder Said:

TV defies the most obvious fact about its customers -- their prodigal and efflorescent diversity: People perform scores of thousands of different jobs; pursue multifarious hobbies; read hundreds of thousands of different publications. TV ignores the reality that people are not inherently couch potatoes; given a chance, they talk back and interact. People have little in common except their prurient interests and morbid fears and anxieties. Necessarily aiming its fare at this lowest-common-denominator target, television gets worse and worse every year.

George Gilder's Life after Television, (p. 15)


Gilder Gold

Gilder published his "Telecosm Series" of articles in his new book, Telecosm: How Infinite Bandwidth Will Revolutionize Our World. Buy it!


Other Reading

Check out our previous recommendations

This is our "must read" list. It will be hard to anticipate what will be happening with digital technology if you have not read a significant part of the works listed here!


Note: The background of our graphic is Leonardo da Vinci's drawing of his conception of the world's first automated computational device. For a nice treatment of this concept see:  A Brief History of Mechanical Calculators. There was even an interesting controversy that surrounded the creation of a working model based on da Vinci's design.