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February 27, 2006

Mike Langberg

I_langberg_from_web_1 What's it like to be a media insider writing about the latest Silicon Valley revolution against established media? Mike Langberg is the Technology Columnist of the San Jose Mercury News, the most established Silicon Valley daily newspaper. And Mike is the ideal guy to get the real low-down on blogs, wikis and the whole Silicon Valley cult of user-generated content.

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February 22, 2006

Orville Schell

I_schell_portrait2_1 I first heard Orville Schell's unvarnished take on digital media when he spoke at the Nieman Conference for Narrative Journalism at Harvard last year.

What I like about Schell is that he doesn't pull his punches in his critique of the crisis of media reporting in America. Nor is Schell shy to criticise George W. Bush, who, in this afterTV interview, he suggests has much in common with the founder of Bolshevik revolution, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (Lenin).

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February 21, 2006

Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel


The traditional publishing business is experiencing its own perfect digital storm. But what happens when you are a traditional publisher putting out books about digital media.

Is this Catch 22? Or is it having your cake and eating it too?

Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel is the publisher at Peachpit Press, Pearson's distinguished imprint for how-to books about all-things-digital. What I like about Nancy is that she isn't shy about the crisis in the traditional book business. Nor is she shy with ideas --such as her "living book" concept -- about how publishers might deal with their perfect digital storm.

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February 16, 2006

Chris Hallett

Professor Christopher Hallett of the University of California at Berkeley is one of the world's leading authorities on Roman art. My wide-ranging conversation with Hallett focused on the culture, media and technology ofChrishallett ancient Rome. No, the Romans didn't have the Internet or Instant Messaging or digital commerce. But according to Professor Hallett, the Roman personalization of art and culture wasn't as different from the digital age as one might think.

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Hubert Dreyfus

Bertcolor1_1 Professor Hubert Dreyfus of UC Berkeley's Philosophy department and author of What Computers Still Can't Do: A Critique of Artificial Intelligence, is probably the most distinguished critic of artificial intelligence on the planet. As the author of Thinking in Action: On the Internet and  Mind over Machine, Dreyfus is also a leading critic of digital culture and technology. Talking with Dreyfus was a treat. His wit and erudition represent a refreshing break from much of the sanctimonious techno-babble emanating out of Silicon Valley.

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February 11, 2006

Jonathan Last

J_last2005 Some say that Silicon Valley is a bastion of radical liberalism, others -- like Pauline Borsook -- see libertarians in every cubicle. To get an intelligent perspective on the political and cultural implications of the digital media revolution, I turned to Jonathan Last, online editor of Washington DC's Weekly Standard magazine and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. I wasn't disappointed. Last provided me with a refreshingly un-Silicon Valley critique of the Web 2.0 movement.

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February 03, 2006

Jonathan Simpson-Bint


As the President of Future Networks, Jonathan Simpson-Bint is responsible for some of the most widely read computer and gaming magazines including Official XBox, PC Gamer, Maximum PC and Guitar World. So it was with relish that I went down to his Brisbane office to talk about the future of the magazine business. I wasn't disappointed. In contrast to many media execs, Simpson-Bint isn't afraid to tell the truth about the decline of print. Nor is he shy to acknowledge that he doesn't have all the answers to the challenges affecting the publishing industry.

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Jeff Kleinman

Kleinman I first met Jeff Kleinman at a Creative Writing Conference in Baltimore last summer. He not only has all the streetwise wit that one would expect from a top East Coast literary agent, but he also understands the structural issues facing the publishing industry. My conversation with Kleinman is a great introduction to the (digital) future of the book business, both from the perspective of a publisher and from that of an aspiring writer.

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J.D. Lasica

Jd_330px_2 JD Lasica's book Darknet: Hollywood's War against the Digital Generation (Wiley 2005) was one of the first serious attempts to figure out the implications of the Web 2.0 revolution. While I don't personally share JD's bullishness about the future of digital entertainment, there is no doubt that he is one of the more distinguished voices amongst the contemporary Silicon Valley utopian crowd.

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Keith Teare

Keith Teare is one of the most seductive guys in Silicon Valley. As the founder of Cybercafe, Easynet and Real Names, Keith is one of the true visionaries of the digital generation. But Keith is more just another boring Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Prior to his career in digital media, Keith was a communist actively involved in the struggle against economic and cultural injustice. So it was both Keithtearecasual01 an honor and a lot of fun to sit down with Keith in his Palo Alto home and discuss Karl Marx, Leon Trotsky, Rosa Luxemburg and that whole seductive European communist tradition.

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Gerd Leonhard

Gerdleonhard300dpilores Gerd Leonhard is one of my favorite digital utopians. As the author of the very readable The Future of Music : Manifesto of the Digital Music Revolution (Berkley, 2005), he has written the ultimate fantasy about the musical cornucopia of the future. And Gerd was in characteristically sparkling form when, late last year, he came over to my house in Berkeley to lay out his vision of the future of music.

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David Battino and Kelli Richards

Davidbattino200 “Let’s suppose I wanted to invite almost every leading mind in the field of digital music over to my house for an evening dedicated to the exchange of new ideas. The list would include many of my friends, contemporaries, and professional heroes. I would make it very informal — cushy chairs, good food, great conversation. And I would be sure to have David Battino and Kelli Richards send out the invitations, for obviously no one can resist them.
-- Jack Douglas, producer (Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, John Lennon)

With an seductive introduction like that, I couldn't resist interviewing my old friends Kelli Richards and David Battino, the co-authors of the Art of Digital Music (Backbeat Books, 2005), about the future of music, technology and, most intriguingly, silence.

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