BloggerCon IV: Jay Rosen – CitJourn

Jay Rosen’s Citizen Journalism session – intro here. Doc Searls’ notes here

[ed: Just like an educator, Jay's on-screen notes ask, as the session begins, for people to move up to the front of the room]

[10:53] Doc’s notes are going to be invaluable here. Marc Glaser made some fantastic comments about how he does his job on a regular basis, and is sourcing things.

[10:58] Doc Searls: “Open your archives” to newspapers.

[11:10] The “citizen journalism”-ness of this discussion seems to be going in and out quite a bit, IMHO.

[11:27] Jeremy Pepper discussing how Wal-mart and much of the right “gets” it with regard to working with bloggers, while some on the left are more about control. I’d have to agree with a lot of that.

[11:43] Buzz makes a fantastic comment about the “real-time” issue that goes on with contribution and the value of what is contributed. People want to see the completed work asap.

BloggerCon IV: PT on Tools

[9:05] Phillip Torrone is talking about using various tools that can be used online to do different things, and he points out that Flickr is, unfortunately, one of the best tools online to show a how-to. He talks about how he used it to show us a few pictures from some how-tos from back-in-the-day.

[9:10] Chris Pirillo discussing how he has made a screencast, Torrone called it “complainware” based on that usage. Lots of discussion about screencasting software, including one package for $300. Interesting to hear a groan about that cost.

[9:20] Some comments about how devices and tools aren’t created with the option for teaching people how to use them, they’re just to bring people in and get them interested, and then wanting to buy the next product.

[9:28] Great comments about how people who aren’t really technical people use the Web, not necessarily through the way those of us in the room use them, but they’re all over many of the tools we use, too.

[9:33] Buzz Bruggeman making some great comments about speaking with 800 lawyers (someone said “Sorry!”) about using wikis, and that they were saying they didn’t use them, as many were scared of losing the information that they held in their heads if they permanently wrote it down and shared it.

[9:38] PT commenting on how especially when podcasts started, it was like AM radio.

[9:42] Chris Pirillo: “wikis are just unusable”

[9:52] Rex Hammock makes us all aware that Doc Searls‘ notes on the sessions are available here – this one’s specifically for the Tools session.

[10:05] Jay Rosen wants an “automatic link embedding device,” a comment system that he can do more “movement” within.

BloggerCon IV: Getting the ball rolling

All times Pacific!

[8:18] Dave Winer is opening up BloggerCon IV this morning, and is giving the rundown on how the conferences started, and what it’s all about. He had a fun time mentioning previous events, including BlogNashville from 2005, which he mentioned as being unfortunate for him, if you had been there.

[8:22] Niall Kennedy mentioning how blogging has changed in the last 18 months. Interesting note that the people holding the microphones here are “monitors,” and that you “don’t get to hold the mic.

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[8:25] Lots of great credits going out from Dave, Jake Luddington, Limelight Networks, Sylvia Paul, Dan Farber, and others.

[8:37] Dave’s talking about making sure people aren’t commercial, and that he doesn’t want to be a “hardass.” Thilk notices that his RSS Feed for the Onion Radio News had a great item entitled “Shark Whisperer Missing At Sea.” Nice.

Out of the bag

It’s not quite a full-fledged announcement or anything but Tom, in his warning that we’re at Bloggercon IV, mentions that I recently started with him at MWW Group. More on this later.

As Tom says he/we are live-blogging the conference over at Open The Dialogue. That will be the primary place for our thoughts on this and I’ll do some cross-linking her at M3.

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Movie Marketing Madness: Click

Let me state right off the bat that I think Adam Sandler just might be a minion of the devil. I’m not saying he is the devil (that’s Rob Schnieder) but he’s definitely working in some way shape or form for the dark side. There was one brief moment when I thought he was going to turn his career around from playing retarded man-children – that being Punch-Drunk Love – but then he went right back at it and dashed my hopes against the wall. I didn’t even think Spanglish was that good. It was kind of a mixed bag of emotions and plot that wound up being just a mess.

His latest is Click. Sandler plays a workaholic husband and father who happens to wind obtaining what he thinks is just a simple universal remote control. In actuality what he gets is a remote control that affects the real world. He can fast forward his life, pause it and rewind, kind of like with a DVR remote. Neat concept that is sure to be dumbed-down for the Sandler crowd.

The Poster

Sandler’s huge mug alongside said remote control. It’s got buttons that say things like “Play: Golf” and “Mute: Mother in Law.” Clever. Stereotypical things that a man is supposed to enjoy on the remote. Funny, in a not so much sort of way.

There were also some more posters with a bikini-clad woman and a button that said “slo mo” or something and one with a thong-clad heavyset guy that with a button over his hinder that said “delete” or something. Honestly I was so disgusted I didn’t pay that much attention. It’s pretty bad.

The Trailer

Pretty much what you’d expect. Sandler seems like a disappointment to everyone, including his wife and kids, until he gets the remote. Christopher Walken is the weird shop owner that sells it to him and, as usual, steals the scenes he has. Sandler uses the remote to exact revenge on some of the people in his life like his boss, a kid that’s bothering his son and others. He also uses it to slow down a busty woman jogging past him and fast forward through a fight with his wife. Everything seems to be hunky-dory until the remote stops working and he fast forwards many years to find his young daughter is all of a sudden a teenager.

Everything about the trailer shows that, while he’s getting older, Sandler is still playing to the repressed inner child that Hollywood thinks lives in all men. Yes, all we want to do is watch boobies and avoid our responsibilities. How insulting can you possibly be?

Online

Think there’s anything worth noting on the official website? Take a minute and think about whether there’s anything new in the movie. There is something called a “Premiere Podcast” but it’s not available via RSS feed and there’s just the one so it’s not so much a podcast but a regular online piece of video. Don’t misuse this term or I will call you on it.

Sony also launched a site where you could upload your own photo onto the poster in place of Sandler’s face. Not bad but I didn’t see it get much coverage, which may mean that efforts like this might have run their course in terms of innovation.

Overall

Very lame effort for this one. Sandler is rapidly aging and the window he has for playing this sort of character is closing fast. He needs to decide how he’s going to extend his career beyond playing borderline idiots and grow up. If not he’s going to find parts become fewer and farther between quickly. The poster relies on the audience finding the idea of cliched behavior funny and the trailer is built for those people who “grew up” with Sandler in roles like Happy Gilmore and still want to see him do that even though they, and he, are older now. Pass.

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