Like in the movies, good guys win in the end

An update on the Oct. 4, 2007, posting about YouTube pulling a video of knoxnews that was flagged by 20th Century Fox for copyright infringement.

The video above of the Reno 911! guys was shot by our TV critic Terry Morrow and so we filed a counter-claim with YouTube. I got an overnight email that the video has been restored.

The YouTube process is pretty streamlined, but still, we should have never gotten the copyright infringement claim in the first place.


Rob Curley speaking / Bryan Murley PhotoBryan Murley recorded a brief audio clip of New Media journalism’s Billy Sunday at a tent revival in DC.

What? Well, it’s really the Washington Post’s Rob Curley at the CMA/ACP National College Media Convention. But there’s not a more passionate evangelist for journalists to get their careers saved by adapting and adopting. And for those that don’t listen, there’s career fire and brimstone awaiting.

Give it a listen. The advice holds as true for aspiring journalists as veterans. Better to listen to him than me. After a talk I gave to a group of journalists, one blogged that I was “such a bore.”

BYOMD = Bring Your Own Mountain Dew.

Previous Rob Curley posts on this site.

(Bryan Murley photo)

Appreciating community

Clyde ClarkThink the social nature of the Internet is just for 18-to-34 years olds — or younger? Think community is your neighborhood? Think everything online happens in the highly wired, tech meccas?

That would be wrong.

You might ask Clyde Clark about that.

Clyde’s not from Silicon Valley. Besides, they call valleys “hollers” in the hard scrabble hills of Lee County in Southwestern Virginia where he grew up.

At 86, he’s a couple of crisp October days past the target demographic of most social networking Web service startups. I’m fairly certain he’s not on Facebook or has a MySpace page. But one community for him is the Tennessee sports email list he been on for years and in which, he has developed many friendships he would not have had, and which he says he cherishes.

His list friends organized a surprise lunch in his honor on Saturday prior to a little evening event with South Carolina at Neyland Stadium. About 20 people from Texas, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee and Florida showed up at popular Knoxville restaurant and watering hole. As the administrator the list, but not an active community member, I came because Clyde is that kind of guy and I had never met face-to-face Clyde or most of these long-time members.

If your email account is, as Steve Rubel says, your “social network hub,” then Clyde, who lives in Roanoke, Va., is riding the cutting Web 2.0 wave of social networking. The sports list I watch over is a heavy volume list; often more than 100 messages a day generated by a mere 300 users. The list population sometimes grows to double that number, but only the dedicated can handle that kind of daily volume of banter, opinions and gossip on anything…

Many have been on it for a decade or more.

Of course, Clyde and several other of those gathered, ribbed me a bit about the time I banished Clyde from posting for some flagrant off-topic threads. That sparked a groundswell movement within the list to “Free Clyde Clark” and wisdom prevailed over stubbornness. Community at work!

It’s not about age or geography or slickness; it’s about growing connections.

A mind meld for search engine fatigue

Vulcan Mind Meld / Paramount Pictures or CBS Paramount Television

I can already see the adsfrom some big pharma house, like those restless leg syndrome ads, to solve this problem:

7 out of 10 Americans experience what the report describes as “search engine fatigue.”

That’s from Greg Sterling’s analysis of a recent report on user’s frustrations with search. It seems the frustration revolves around information clutter (too many results and/or off-topic) and commercialization.

When asked to name their #1 complaint about the process, 25 percent cited a deluge of results, 24 percent cited a predominance of commercial (paid) listings, 18.8 percent blamed the search engine’s inability to understand their keywords (forcing them to try again), and 18.6 percent were most frustrated by disorganized/random results.

Many see the cure not in a miracle drug,  however, but in some sort of telepathic search engine. And it’s interesting that seemingly the same uses who get bent out of shape over cookies and privacy issues on the Web, would happily do a Vulcan Mind Meld with Google:

Kelton asked survey respondents whether they wished that search engines like Google could, in effect, read their minds, delivering the results they were actually looking for. . . That capability is something that 78 percent of all survey-takers “wished” for, including 86.2 percent of 18-34 year-olds and 85 percent of those under 18.

I guess they didn’t ask it this way: Would like you all your private information and habits to be on the Internet and  controlled by one of the world’s largest corporations, which intends to use your information to sell billions of dollars of advertising to help marketers part you from your cash?

I thought not. At least they were “helpful.”

Remember, there’s a reason the Vulcan mind meld works one way.

(Photo is from Paramount Pictures or CBS Paramount Television and is Vulcan mind meld performed by Spock on Dr. Simon Van Gelder.)