Ten (or more) media industry news items you might have missed recently.
If Star Trek was once a foundation for the idea of taking fans seriously, then today it might simply be a sad commentary on fandom’s token function within the industry, another form of “crowdsourcing,” a destructive marriage based on the contradictory feelings of mutual dependence and contempt.
Upon being released after his home station embraced a format change, radio personality Adam Carolla responded by creating a “network” of podcasts he could use to sell advertisers listeners in aggregate. Bob Frantz quickly looked to this strategy as a way to continue an over-the-mic career after the death of a ten-year radio career and recruited a number of friends and former broadcast buddies to populate the Boneyard Podcast network. Part two of a three-part post.
Is there any such thing as local digital media? Looking at the case of local podcasts, Tim Anderson argues that people indeed do, and always have, inscribed the local in their digital media creations.
Star Trek Online fails both in making the television universe an inhabitable virtual space and engendering community and participation within it as a massively-multiplayer game.