Friday, March 30, 2007

best of bootie - again

here is the link to the mashup album we listened to in class yesterday. the organizers also have mashups nights at clubs in LA, SF and NY periodically.


Thursday, March 29, 2007

RIAA: Worst company in the world

We talked about RIAA and its lawsuit against a 10 year old child in class today. Because of these bad moves among other things, it was voted the worst company in the world in 2007 by Consumerist's readers. In the same blog, it was noted interestingly that this is intentional as the members of RIAA (Sony-BMG, Warner Music, EMI and Universal Music) funded the efforts to keep bad reputations off their names. Link

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

perez hilton

i know this is totally last minute. sorry guys. but apparently Perez Hilton will be at USC tonight. i won't be able to go because i'm at my internship in burbank all day, but here's the info from Facebook:

Event Info Name: PEREZ HILTON
Tagline: A Night of Gossip with the Queen of All Media
Host: Program Board
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Time: 7:00pm - 8:25pm
Location: Taper Hall 101
Contact Info Email:

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Last week lecture

Hello, I missed the class last week to attend a funeral. I'm wondering if there is anything I should be updated on? If so, please let me know. :) Thanks!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Dailyshow ironic example

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Top 50 Free Programs

Here is a list of the top free downloads on the Internet. Although some of them are not web 2.0, they are free, and what could be better than that? :)

Friday, March 23, 2007

Dailyshow on Viacom Vs google

the daily show offers a succint recap of the viacom vs. google lawsuit. enjoy.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

bob remeika bio

some info on today's speaker:

Bob Remeika is a Sr. Developer and Architect at AvenueA-Razorfish, the leading interactive agency in the world. He has worked on a wide range of large scale technical implementations for companies such as Yahoo, Adidas, and Sony. His current focus is in cutting edge Web 2.0 technologies and usability design with a mind for applying engineering best practices to create highly immersive rich internet applications.

Bob Remeika has over 8 years of experience in his field.

wrong link

I realize I put the wrong link in the syllabus for today's reading (funny no one has mentioned it to me yet...). anyway, here is the proper link for the lessig article. you will be given a pop quiz on it later today. hee.

The Architecture of Innovation by Larry Lessig

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Is Myspace becoming Foxspace?

thought this article was relevant after our discussions with marco ilardi, and the boyd reading:

MySpace Restrictions Upset Some Users

I had wanted justin or phil cassens from indie911 to come speak to the class, but it looks like that may be difficult in terms of scheduling. would have been interesting to hear their take on myspace restricting the use of their widget.

what do you guys think? does this affect how you use myspace? what impact, if any, do these kinds of restrictions have on your enjoyment of myspace? do you think this is a wise strategic move on FOX's part?

speaker schedule

a quick update on upcoming speakers for the semester:

  • this week, 3/22: bob remeika, avenue a/razorfish
  • 3/29: nicole lewis, activision
  • 4/5: chris williams, fanlib
  • 4/12: angela gyetvan, revver
  • 4/19: david towers, also of avenue a/razorfish but since its an agency, bob and david work on different accounts and functions

4/26 review class is cancelled, but happy to schedule an alternative optional class that week.

Monday, March 19, 2007

1984 Apple's Macintosh Commercial

and the original apple ad. definitely watch both to appreciate the mastery of the mashup.

obama mashup article

for some reason, blogger is acting wonky and won't let me edit or revise the previous post. anyway, here is the article:

Political video smackdown

'Hillary 1984': Unauthorized Internet ad for Obama converts Apple Computer's '84 Super Bowl spot into a generational howl against Clinton's presidential bid

Vote Different

while I don't intend to persuade anyone politically, I do want to share this article on an interesting - and unauthorized - remix of the famous apple 1984 ad and a pro-obama/anti-hillary attack ad circulating online. welcome to the new political paradigm. obama ad below. original apple ad (that caused quite a stir back in 1984 below the obama ad. watch both).

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Nifty online app: Photo Editing

A friend showed me this cool application for editing photos online. It is currently in the beta stage, but it is still very cool. It is not Photoshop, but it still is amazing.

Friday, March 9, 2007

FYI: Perez Hilton Discussion CANCELLED

I just read my Annenberg events email. Turns out that the March 28 discussion with Perez Hilton has been cancelled. Aw man, I was really looking forward to it too!

Google website use tracker

I was searching around looking at Google tools, and found Google Analytics. It performs similarly to SiteTracker, but is a Google app. It also has better graphics and to view the information you just log into your Google account.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Marco's Bio

More info on today's speaker:

Marco Ilardi
SVP, Performance Marketing
Fox Interactive Media

As the Senior Vice President of Fox Interactive Media, Marco Ilardi
oversees the development of potential advertiser offerings across FIM's
network of websites. Prior to working at FIM, Marco was the Senior Vice
President and General Manager at Intermix Media where he was responsible
for the maximization of all revenue derived from Intermix web
properties. During his term at Intermix, Marco assisted in launching and many other initiatives that eventually put the company
on the map. With the runaway success of Myspace and other properties,
Intermix Media was purchased by FIM in 2005.

Marco's presentation

hey everyone - just want to let you know today's speaker is Marco Ilardi of Myspace. He has a ppt presentation to accompany his talk. I've posted it to the blackboard site in case you want to download it and have it on your laptop for class. Its called "monetizing online communities." I'll be posting today's lecture slides shortly as well.

see you all in class.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Dell considers big change: offering Linux

Linux users are finally getting to the big guys ... (click on logo for full article)

PC maker says it received more than 100,000 customer requests for Linux and may offer it as a Windows alternative.

Monday, March 5, 2007

FAQ@A presents Perez Hilton

Mark your calendars! I was readingmy weekly emails from Annenberg about the events taking place at the comm school. Perez Hilton will be coming on Wed, March 28 for a discussion with Larry Gross. And there will be free lunch too! Check it out below:

Wednesday, March 28

FAQ@A presents Perez Hilton: An Insider's Take on Celebrity Culture, Blogging, and Gays in Hollywood
Join communication school director Larry Gross for a discussion with Perez Hilton about celebrity gossip, blogging, and gay visibility in Hollywood. >From the organizers: "Hilton's gossiping has generated nearly 5 million visits in a day. He feeds the celebrity gossip addiction for those who crave salacious details, compromising photos, and biting commentary about Hollywood's most famous celebrities. Hilton also uses his blog to discuss gay and lesbian issues, and to advocate for a number of causes." This event is sponsored by Friends and Queers at Annenberg. Lunch will be served.
12:00 pm. Annenberg Room 207.

Friday, March 2, 2007

blogumentary and more privacy links

since the projector overheated and we didnt get to watch the last 10 min of the blogumentary, I thought I'd send you the link to the google video.

also, here is the link to the guardian article that includes every disturbing search query by the wronged husband we discussed in class today.

and last, here is the link to the claritas PRIZM data that allows you to cluster psychographic groups by zip code. enjoy.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

privacy: a couple of related articles

just wanted to share a few articles that are relevant to today's class lecture and discussion:
are these simply alarmist, mainstream media reaction to the common availability of personal information? does this represent the democratization of personal information? are you concerned about your privacy online?