Next Wed, Feb 8th I will be in Washington on a panel for the Congressional Internet Caucus. It's the State of the Net Conference and I'm taking it very seriously. I may even wear a tie.
From what I'm hearing, policy makers in D.C. are uninformed about the importance and implications of multimedia online. They are mostly talking about the deals being made between large companies like Apple and Disney, and AOL and TV networks and would likely tend towards creating future policy that treats the online video space just like they treat the nationally-centric traditional broadcast medium. This could have severe consequences in general potentially limiting possibilities for video to flow online - limiting citizen journalism, suppressing up-and-coming content creators - let alone plugging-up the general and progressive flow of world culture, introducing expense, regulations, censorship, isolationism, permits and all kinds of other painful and slow processes that might stump human progress from this incredibly powerful visual medium.
So I will attempt to highlight many of the major implications that online video can have on politics, business, citizen journalism, entertainment, copyrights and the integration of other cultures (they can think of it as "natural democratization") while trying to illuminate some of the most important benefits to keeping it moving easily without interference. Without much time, I plan to give an introduction and leave resources behind.
It would be great to get some feedback/links to important articles you think are relevant and why.
Andrew- Howdy from Austin. I am new to this wonderful world of vlogs/RB. I have been reading anything and everything the past five days. My background is in network news as a cameraman. I already see that vlogs is my next move. I agree that we have to educate the members of congress on the importance of keeping the net open to all.
I will be interested in what you find out in D.C. Please pass it along and I will contact senators/reps etc.