Tag: web 2.0

Think Outside the Box Office The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution and Marketing for the Digital Era going to print

We just uploaded the cover and all 348 pages of the book to the printer. Come by FIT in NYC on the 22nd to see it in person!!!! Thanks for everyone who helped!

If It Doesn’t Spread, It’s Dead – The Importance of New Media as a DIY Tool For Independent Filmmakers, Web 2.0

Check out the review of a lecture from the Futures of Entertainment, written by Eric Kohn and published in IndieWire

DISPATCH FROM MASSACHUSETTS | If It Doesn’t Spread, It’s Dead by Eric Kohn

“If it doesn’t spread, it’s dead.” With that pointed dictum, Professor Henry Jenkins kicked off a series of profound deliberations on the nature of new media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the Futures of Entertainment conference last weekend. Blending academic theory with practical insight, the conference (co-presented by MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program and the Convergence Culture Consortium) surveyed the many ways in which emerging technologies have empowered audiences and forced the industry to adapt new models.

Jenkins, co-director of CMS at MIT, specializes in fan culture and has written several books on the topic, including “Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide.” Despite the abstract nature of his research, Jenkins and his peers hosted a series of valuable conversations about the power of mobilizing audiences for a variety of entertainment properties, particularly film and television. Emboldened by the obvious fan mentality that informed the 2008 presidential election, Jenkins introduced the conference by announcing his attempt to seek “a roadmap for the way our culture is going.” Continue reading →

Discussion on Web 3.0 from an Advertisers Perspective

Posted on by Jon Reiss

For all of you just beginning to understand Web 2.0, now Web 3.0 is on the horizon. Some arguments from an advertising perspective.

In Web 3.0 We Trust — or Not
Why We Need a Return to the Human Side of Things

Posted by Judy Shapiro on 05.18.09 @ 12:00 PM

The Web 3.0 conference is about to kick off on May 19 in New York. No doubt it will be well attended by anyone wanting to see what’s “bleeding edge.” After all, Web 2.0 is so “done.”

Well aside from the general lack of understanding about what Web 3.0 is exactly, there is a befuddling mix of technologies all competing for a stake in this still unformed, Jell-o-like confection. I think it is safe to say that at a 50,000-foot view, the general consensus is that Web 3.0 is about making the web a more personal web.

Beyond that yellow brick road of a concept, paths diverge wildly. You’ve got Tim Berners-Lee talking about the Next Web being about linked data. And then you have the semantic technology advocates working on contextually intelligent search engines. The Google juggernaut is creating intelligent search agents that act as your digital butler — dutifully and efficiently learning your habits to serve faithfully and without complaint. (I have fun imagining digital versions of the butlers from the BBC series “Upstairs, Downstairs” sans the British accent.) Who wouldn’t want an internet that can anticipate my needs, understand my meaning and even allow me to find information better than ever?

But there’s a proverbial fly in this digital ointment and it is betrayed by the very name “Web 3.0.” It is paradoxical that the name, which is suited to a software release, is being used to metaphorically define a web that is meant to let us express our humanity. The irony of it all is rich.

If it were just a paradox, it would be an interesting intellectual thought experiment. But there’s more at stake here. Web 3.0 clearly tells us what is driving the next generation web — technology. I respectfully submit that if this future web is focused on technology alone, it can not succeed. What is required in equal measure to the technology is the introduction of the human element of trust. The internet is a digital society governed by the same principles as in the real world. Trust is the glue that holds societies together, and this is true of the web world, too. No doubt creating an intelligent web is cool, but without the foundation of trust Web 3.0 will be built on pillars of sand.

“Wait a minute,” I hear many of you thinking. “Who says I can’t trust the web? I do my banking online. I send e-mail. The web is plenty trustworthy — thank you very much. But offer me an internet that can show me how to buy that pimped-up iPhone and I’m there.”

That kind of thinking is exactly the problem. As Melih Abdulhayoglu, CEO of Comodo, a leading internet security company has said, “Technology adoption tends to ignore the human element until there is some disastrous trigger event that forces us to introduce protections around these new technologies.” How many times do people using Twitter have to be hit with a virus? Or how many social profiles have to get compromised before the industry takes note?

Well Web 3.0 runs the same risk, because as our dependence on the internet grows, a lack of trust will unravel any or all of the marvelous innovations being conceived now. What good is more linked data when we have no idea which data to trust? Wouldn’t you rather get a product recommendation from a trusted friend than a “paid” digital butler, ah, I mean agent?

You get the idea and this just touches the tip of the iceberg. As we explore how to create a technologically advanced web, we must marry that to the human factor of trust. It is not an either/or proposition but the ying/yang of the internet. One can not have technological innovation without being able to trust. Nor can one develop the “smarter” web without introducing the Trusted Web. We must consider seriously how to transfer this trust infrastructure to the web world with new technologies around authentication, privacy, ID management and security (and OpenID ain’t the answer folks).

Since I would never, ever place my trust on just technology alone, I am lobbying to rename the whole Web 3.0 sha-bang to the Trusted Web. This places the emphasis where it belongs, on the human element, and this is how the web can evolve to a personal web.

Do I have a shot?

(By the way — other ideas for the name of next-gen web would be cool too.)

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Judy Shapiro is senior VP at Paltalk and has held senior marketing positions at Comodo, Computer Associates, Lucent Technologies, AT&T and Bell Labs. Her blog, Trench Wars, provides insights on how to create business value on the internet.

Clue Train Manifesto for Filmmakers

Posted on by Jon Reiss

The Oliver Marks post from yesterday pointed me to the Clue Train Manifesto that I had never heard of. I’ve taken the liberty to repost it here (you can click on the link and sign the manifesto):

if you only have time for one clue this year, this is the one to get…

Online Markets…
Networked markets are beginning to self-organize faster than the companies that have traditionally served them. Thanks to the web, markets are becoming better informed, smarter, and more demanding of qualities missing from most business organizations.

…People of Earth
The sky is open to the stars. Clouds roll over us night and day. Oceans rise and fall. Whatever you may have heard, this is our world, our place to be. Whatever you’ve been told, our flags fly free. Our heart goes on forever. People of Earth, remember.
95 Theses
Signers & Comments

1. Markets are conversations.

2. Markets consist of human beings, not demographic sectors.

3. Conversations among human beings sound human. They are conducted in a human voice.

4. Whether delivering information, opinions, perspectives, dissenting arguments or humorous asides, the human voice is typically open, natural, uncontrived.

5. People recognize each other as such from the sound of this voice.

6. The Internet is enabling conversations among human beings that were simply not possible in the era of mass media.

7. Hyperlinks subvert hierarchy.
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Filmmakers Don’t Fret – Even IT Professionals are Confused about Web 2.0

Posted on by Jon Reiss

Perhaps I shouldn’t be so hard on my students for their lack of understanding of Web 2.0 – Here’s an article from Secure Computing Magazine that indicates even IT professionals are confused about Web 2.0

IT professionals confused about Web 2.0

By Angela Moscaritolo
May 22, 2009 9:09 AM
Tags: IT | professionals | Web | 2.0 | security
Even IT professionals are confused about what constitutes Web 2.0, according to a survey released Wednesday.

Even IT professionals are confused about what constitutes Web 2.0, according to a survey released Wednesday by web security vendor Websense and research firm Dynamic Markets.

According to the survey, of 1,300 information technology managers across 10 countries, 17 percent of respondents correctly identified all the items on the survey that can be considered Web 2.0. IT administrators commonly identified the “obvious” Web 2.0 sites — such as the social networking sites Facebook and LinkedIn, Dave Meizlik, director of product marketing at Websense, told SCMagazineUS.com on Tuesday.

They also commonly identified blogs and micro blogs, such as Twitter, as Web 2.0. But, respondents less frequently identified other sites as Web 2.0, including iGoogle and Wikipedia, Meizlik said.

Only half of respondents identified video uploading sites, such as YouTube, as part of Web 2.0, the survey found.

David Lavenda, vice president of marketing and product strategy at security vendor Worklight, told SCMagazineUS.com on Wednesday that IT administrators know they need to secure the enterprise from Web 2.0 threats, but are not always sure what those threats are.

“When you go to organisations where security is really important — financial and government organisations — and ask, ‘What’s your fear of Web 2.0?,’ they say, ‘I really don’t know, but we hear enough stories of people being compromised that we don’t want to take a chance.’ That’s the most common answer.” Lavenda said.

Organisations should be concerned about data leakage — users posting confidential company information which could have regulatory implications and cause a loss of customers, Meizlik said. Also, malware is much more prevalent in a world where users are creating their own content, Lavenda said.

The Websense survey also found that IT departments are being pressured by workers to enable more Web 2.0 sites. And, that pressure is often coming from top-level executives. Thirty percent of respondents said they were pressured by C-level executives and director-level staff to allow more access to Web 2.0 sites and technologies, the survey found. In addition, 34 percent felt pressure from marketing departments and 32 percent felt pressure from sales departments to do so.

Another recent study, conducted by Forrester Research, found that Web 2.0 use in business is prevalent, and web filtering is changing as a result. Web filtering today goes beyond just blocking access. It now must involve the integration of Web 2.0, data leakage management and malware protection, the Forrester study concluded.


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I’ve been revamping my blog page – making it more of a front page and my wonderful web manager/co-producer Michael Medaglia gave me this site:


as a resource if you need to find any html code. You’ll need this as you get further into wordpress to make your blog more of a front page. Chris Hyams from B Side says that all of their film sites are done in WordPress – and they are very clean and focused on specific audience actions.

Great Introduction on Web 2.0 for Filmmakers-

I found a wonderful article for beginning and serious filmmakers revolving around web marketing-


Be sure to check this out, it is a great help.