Cory Doctorow has finished his tour of the United States, promoting his newest novel, Homeland. After a couple of failed intercepts, Doctorow and I sat down on Friday, Feb. 22 at opposite ends of the telephone network to talk about Homeland, writing sequels, writing science fiction and the absurdity of Hollywood depictions of technology.
A recent article on the Huffington Post website reflects the strange ways that new technology is influencing government, this time in courts.
On the web, what is published can be removed from publication at its source, for example this YouTube video of JFK's assassination. It was a gory video, and therefore someone reported it to YouTube as unnecessarily violent. YouTube deemed the video to be in violation of YouTube's policies regarding violence, and the video was subsequently pulled from YouTube.
Today, I downloaded a book for free, but it wasn't in the format I wanted, so I transcoded it. In that sentence lies the future of the news media.