Dave Winer Visits Microsoft

Dave Winer, writer of the longest running blog in the blogosphere, is speaking here at Microsoft as I type.  Robert points out that he and Dave will be speaking at the .NET Developer’s Association meeting tonight at 7PM in the Tahoma room in Building 9 at Microsoft in Redmond.  Note!!! This is a room change.  Tahoma is the publicly accessible meeting room just inside the front doors of bldg 9.

Dave contributed to the technological component of Howard Dean’s campaign to become the Democratic party’s nominee for President of the United States.  In today’s talk, Dave said [paraphrase], ‘If there was any doubt that the television media controls who gets elected President [of the US] before this year, there’s certainly no doubt any more. It’s pretty clear to people across the political spectrum that the television executives killed Howard Dean’s chances of winning the Democratic nomination.’  In essence, Dave contends that the American television conglomerates undermine American democracy.

Dave also said [paraphrase], ‘One of the things that is so great about blogs is that it is a democratizing medium. An individual’s posts appear side by side with a story from a big news outlet and they look exactly alike.’

I wonder… how do you think democratizing technologies like blogs might someday manifest themselves in the television medium?  Can television (or radio for that matter) be “democratized“? Or is it an inherently command and control medium?  For instance, is it completely insane to imagine a world in which people create and consume personal TVBlogs?  Might I someday be able to switch from the MSNBC news feed to the Slate news feed to the Dave Winer news feed?  Is it completely inconceivable that I might someday receive popup-style alerts on my home television (ala Outlook 2003 or SharpReader.NET) that a friend has posted to her blog while I’m watching a sitcom on NBC or ESPN?

Comments (7)

  1. I love that last idea about TV "toast" pop-ups. Alternatively, I’ve love a "Task Pane" which could sit on the right-hand side of the TV with links to blogs which discussed the subject matter I was currently viewing on the TV.

    For example, if I’m watching the 6 o’clock news, links to Instapundit. If I’m watching West Wing (not that I’ve watched it since Sorkin left but meh), a link to the Episode Guide. Context-aware links. If I’m watching a show on nano-tech, a link to "Engines Of Creation" on Amazon, etc.

  2. Scott says:

    Well I agree and disagree with Mr. Winer.

    The feeds might look the same side by side, BUT there is a big difference in the dispersion.

    If a big media outlet makes a post about a candidate, more people are likely to see that post than if I make a post about a candidate.

    The blogs themselves don’t really enable the democracy, it’s the blogs combined with the unbiased search engines that enable the democracy.

  3. Tom says:

    I think that alerting users will become big business and is being underestimated in importance.

    Longhorn I believe will have a universal alert system, it’ll be great if you can extend that to alert you via TV, phones, PDAs or even smart watches.

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