As of February 7, 2007, "Twenty-four-year-old [videoblogger] Josh Wolf has spent 169 days behind bars because he won't give federal investigators the footage he shot of a violent street protest in San Francisco," according to The Associated Press.
He "has been incarcerated longer than any journalist in U-S history for refusing to hand over materials to the government," the AP noted.
"Blogs were and are central to the online discourse, their personal touch presenting information in a way that seems to suit the Internet audience best," says an article in the February 4, 2007, edition ofThe Australian.
"But something else is happening now that may give those blogs even more power," according to the article. "They are ceding to, or incorporating, video. And video -- more than any words -- has true political punch."
Today (January 27, 2007) he described "The equipment used for Studio 55." His next post will "look at what daily production and staffing looked like" at the Naples Daily News.
By the way, Rob "gained national attention when the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World made him "one of the first online editors in the nation chosen to lead a news organization’s entire print and broadcast news operations." He held the LKJ post from 2002 to 2004 before going to the Naples Daily News. He was there only 14 months before WPNI came calling. He started there in October 2006.
California Blogger Robert Scoble was with Senator John Edwards' presidential campaign last night in Des Moines, Iowa, where 1,500 people "packed a hall to hear Edwards speak with almost two years to go before the general election."
Although I'm not a Geek, I really like Robert Scoble's video interviews with Geeks. In addition to being one of the world's most influential bloggers, he is PodTech's Vice-President of Media Development and has done interviews with tech luminaries such as Google's Mark Lucovsky, NetGear CEO Patrick Lo and Eric Allman, founder of Sendmail.
Interviews with the above-mentioned and other Geeks can be heard on The Scoble Show Web site.
Listening to Scoble didn't just start. I've listened to many of the interviews he conducted for Channel 9 when he was Microsoft's technical evangelist. I've also listened to 95 percent of the interviews posted on The Scoble Show. The bottom line is that, I've learned a lot from the Channel 9 interviews and the current interviews.
However, there is one thing that annoys me about them. I think Scoble cracks jokes and cackles too much in the interviews. It interrupts ideas and makes it difficult to hear some of the information given by the interviewee.
Robert, if you are going to laugh and joke a lot during your interviews at least edit some of it out. It's quite annoying unless you're doing a party video.
By the way, I visit Scobleizer, Scoble's popular and influential tech blog, every day. Why? It is interesting,educational and links me with people and blogs I would most likely not find on my own.
"Break.com, one of the rising number of Web sites offering user-generated videos to rival the likes of YouTube, said on Sunday [November 26, 2006, it would nearly double the amount of money it pays for video clips to $400," according to Reuters.
By the way, The Monitor asked: "Will Google's $1.65 billion acquisition of the website squash its independent spirit?"
Will it? I don't know. What will cause problems, I think, is if traditional-style ads are place on it, without consideration for the way young netizens like their media. That is independent, unforced, uninterruptive and interactive. Also, the use of copyrighted material could be a problem, unless deals are made with copyright holders. They seem to be headed in the right direction on that. However, that doesn't mean some copyright holder won't take advantage of the situation and try to make millions. It's the American way.
The following posts also helped me understand what propelled the YouTube phenomena:
As those who monitor the Blogosphere know, on August 1, 2006, Judge William Alsup of Federal District Court in San Francisco ordered videoblogger Josh Wolf into Federal custody for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury and to give the Feds what Time Magazine calls "unpublished video footage he shot during a raucous clash on the streets between San Francisco police officers and anti-G8 protesters" on July 8, 2005.