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September 20, 2005
Add What to What and Get What?
A lot of things make my head hurt these days. But in a good way, in the innovation is skipping ahead so fast that it's hard to grasp all the implications way.
Ok, here's the latest case in point, compliments of Joho the Blog. David Weinberger writes about Prodigem, which has pulled together some technology that lets you create torrents using enclosure in feeds.
Gobbledegook to many out there, I realize. What does that mean? Videos tagged to del.icio.us as the most popular videos (which lots of people are doing) can automatically be sent to you as torrents. So, you get a choice of videos in an efficient way.
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The problem is that all the good stuff still costs money and the free stuff isn't worth the time to figure out all the gobbledegook for the sake of watching home movies or something produced just because it could be distributed for nothing more efficiently. Most of the stuff on cable isn't worth watching and people pay for that. There is so much bandwidth growing that the content to fill it needs to be near worthless to get people to watch it. Now you get a choice of videos to watch for free that are very efficient. A movie that features talent might cost $20 million to produce and be worthless all at the same time. We now have the technology to render entertainment worthless faster than ever. You will soon be able to spend Friday night watching reruns of Gomer Pyle USMC on your PC, while blogging about Goober at the fillin station. Everybody is a producer and every production is efficient. I just wish the oil business was this efficient and gas would keep going down as fast as possible.
Posted by: Jim Dermitt at September 20, 2005 11:59 AM
RE: all the good stuff costs money: That's why it's a good thing that Prodigem also allows you to set a price for your content and only allow in paying customers if you so choose. For example: http://www.prodigem.com/torrents/torrent_473.html
Posted by: Gary Lerhaupt at September 20, 2005 12:59 PM
Getting paid for content is great. It certainly is better than paid search. Artists have expenses and production costs. I guess some people figure that the artists should all starve. The Internet makes finding content easy. It's the creation of content that takes time and resources. People need to be paid for their works. You know how you like to be paid. You can pirate something only for so long. Creation is a much more involved process. It's kind of difficult to get paid to pirate content, so the incentive to do it is rather limited and the risks are high.
Posted by: Jim Dermitt at September 21, 2005 10:18 AM