Here are a few more links for one of my current writing projects thanks to the prolific bloggers at Lost Remote. First, they mention that network and studio executives are upset by TiVo’s decision to allow subscribers to download TV shows from their TiVos to their PCs and from there to portable devices such as the new iPods. It’s not hard to guess that the reason the networks are upset is that they are cooking up plans to sell their content on demand (see also PaidContent). Cory at Lost Remote also mentions the new company TVMyPod,whihc will sell you a new video iPod preloaded with your choice of DVDs (again, also see PaidContent).
Since the primary use for iPod video has been television, mobile cinema didn’t feel like the right term to describe this emergent phenomeon. Still sorting through ideas here, but I didn’t want to lose the links. Just out of curiosity, have any of my readers experimented with the new iPod video. If so, I’d enjoy hearing about it (what you watched, where you watched it, etc).
Update: Here’s another take on the new screen culture, “Couch Potatoes Arise,” from The Age. And from the Northwetsern University student newspaper, the university’s School of Communication is offering podcasts and videocasts that among other things, will be used to give prospective students a sense of what life is like at the University.
Update 2: Here’s an interesting article on the quickly booming market of iPod pornography. As with most new media technologies, debates revolve around children gaining increasing access to pornographic material, but the more interesting question in this short article is the degree to which the video iPod seems to complicate sites of public and private viewing. Here’s a similar article reprinted from the Washington Post.
I’ve also been planning to link to this article, originally in the LA Times, on the decline and apparently imminent fall of the studio system (Malcolm Gladwell’s term, “tipping point,” is even being thrown around, so I think it’s pretty serious).
Update 3: Here’s another Washington Post article (originally from PC World). I’ve been trying to find promotional photopgraphs of the video iPod, or more specifically, someone watching the video iPod, and this is one of the few that I’ve seen so far. Not a big deal, but something I’m vaguely curious about.
Even better, here’s a typically snobbish op-ed from George Will on iPods.