Starting to feel the end of summer fast approaching. This is my last truly “free” weekend before fall semester kicks into gear, something I wish I’d realized a few days ago. Faculty are expected to attend a pre-semester conference thingie on Wednesday, requiring us to show up at the absurdly early hour of 9 AM, and then classes start a few days later, but I’ve had an incredibly productive summer, so I can’t complain too much (more on that later). But for your entertainment (and hopefully enlightenment), here are a few of the things I’ve been reading and viewing on the web this morning over my second cup of coffee:
- Via Tama and a number of other people, a useful chart, Who Owns Web 2.0? Like the valuable semi-annual Nation chart that documents who owns what entertainment outlets, this chart is helpful in documenting how ownership of Web 2.0 is being divided up.
- Via NewTeeVee, two zombie videos, one a mashup featuring George W. Bush speaking about the threat that zombies represent to our way of life, the second, a fake trailer I hadn’t seen before which turns West Side Story into a 28 Days Later-style zombie film.
- Agnes has a useful link to a planned project by the Center for Social Media on Fair Use and user-generated content. The Center for Social Media has already done some excellent work on documentary and Fair Use, so I look forward to their contributions on this issue. Their Remix Culture video illustrates some of the many ways that content is being repurposed in web video and is (by coincidence) a virtual montage of some of the materials I’ve been writing about this summer. They also have a blog, which will be focusing on these issues. Update: Actually, it’s two blogs, one that focuses on the future of public media, something I’m very interested in exploring, and a second on copyright and fair use.
- A pointer to a trailer for Unconscious, a film in which Sigmund Freud, appropriately enough, appears as a character. I don’t have a lot of info on the film, but it looks like it’s available on Netflix, among other places.
- And, finally, a link to a book that might be relevant to my own thinking about networked film publics, David Jennings’ Net, Blogs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll.