Tuesday , June 2 2020

Culture and Society

Dixie Chick Damage Control

Nashville is NOT Hollywood. Do we need any more proof of that than two concurrent stories out of the Music City: the Charlie Daniels pro-war rant, producer for country TV channel replies, gets fired story; and the Dixie Chick Natalie Maines busts loose with an anti-Bush statement at a concert …

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Crazy New PVR

Tossing digital video around like a beanbag: Terratec will be presenting its latest modular digital video recorder system at CeBIT this week. Designed for the living room, the Lancaster AV 701 is a multi-station system that consists of an analogue or digital TV receiver, an 80GB hard disk (enough to …

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DRM Conference Review

From James Grimmelmann in the indispensible LawMeme, a comprehensive report from the Berkeley Digital Rights Management conference: something has gone missing here. One of the great strengths of the copyright critique these days is that it’s so comprehensive: the story of the copyright balance being tipped too far in favor …

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Yahoo to Challenge RealNetworks

Yahoo to announce a subscription video/audio streaming service: Internet media company Yahoo Inc. will launch its most substantial subscription video service yet next week, an offering that will combine streaming coverage of news, entertainment and live sporting events, sources close to the company said on Friday. The new service takes …

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Good Time to Be an AOL Customer

There seems to be an announcement every few days now from AOL about some new service or convenience. I am pleased and wish them well (my sister works there), but I can’t help but wonder at the timing: why couldn’t they improve the sevice and value to customers BEFORE the …

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Auntie Flo

Dawn celebrates motherhood here. At least before the advent of home testing, the first sign of impending motherhood used to be the friend who didn’t come to visit. More euphemisms from the Museum of Menstruation: Are you in need? “When I was in college in Berea, Ohio, if my female …

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Madonna Coming Digitally on March 24

Controversial single “American Life” will be shipped out via email 3/24 with a “special voice message from Madonna.” The digital single was encoded in Madonna’s recording studio for premium quality. You can choose between good quality (128kbps) or high quality (192kbps) files to download. Pre-ordering the digital single only requires …

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Ads: Cultural Artifacts

You may have noticed our Blogad strip over on the left there has been slowly but surely growing. Blogads is a noble, patient experiment by the stalwart, ever pleasant Henry Copeland, and it’s a damn good one. If you are a blogger or read blogs, put your money where your …

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Profiled

Almost daily we are asked to give up some small piece of our privacy for the sake of “safety,” in one sense or another. The issue comes up today regarding airline passengers and automobiles. The airlines: Criticism of an electronic airline passenger-screening network took on a new edge yesterday as …

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Who’s Googling Who?

Millions have their asses googled daily: Savvy Web users are using Google.com and other powerful Web search tools to track down or keep tabs on long-lost acquaintances — be they former lovers, classmates, friends or enemies. These searches, which once might have required hiring a private detective, have become increasingly …

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