Bocko & BryGuy #48: Too Old To Be a Hipster

“Social” and “music” are the words of the day on this week’s podcast.  Bryan and I talk over the newly-announced Google+ project, what it could mean for our own social sphere, and whether competition with Facebook is even possible at this point.

We also offer a quick overview of turntable.fm and the fun we could all start having with internet “radio”…

That’s not to mention a recap of recent adventures on the Android frontier, Bryan’s review of the documentary, Runnin Down a Dream, and my thoughts on Super 8, currently in theaters.

All this in a svelt 60 minutes.  Boy, are you in for a treat.

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  1. jknitt
    June 30, 2011

    I was listening to this today during my pitstop between classes and it occured to me how much of your media consumption you take for granted (without even knowing it). I wanted to look at turntable.fm and was kindly told that I’m not allowed to use their service here across the pond. I also can’t watch a majority of shit that’s on YouTube, nothing from Hulu, and haven’t been able to log into my Pandora account for almost a year. There’s no way I can take advantage of something like Netflix over here. I have to pay a premium just to see an American movie that isn’t overdubbed. I could listen to terrestrial radio to hear music…but then I’d have to pay the radio tax.

    Online content is becomming more available all the time here, but it is seriously lacking. Consider yourselves lucky.

    • J.A. Bock
      June 30, 2011

      No doubt that while the content producers seem to slowly be waking up to ways that the Internet can work into their various business models, there seems to be another set of rules across every political border. My hope is that eventually, the democratizing force of the Internet will render licensing and copyright laws obsolete (or at least homogenize them on a global scale), but I fear that a Balkan-ized web is just as likely.

      • jknitt
        June 30, 2011

        I think artists still need some sort of copyright protection, but consumers also should be given the opportunity to consume no matter where they are in the world.

        Then the question becomes, whose responsibility is it to make this happen? Producers? Consumers? Lobbyists? Governments?

        Like I said, consider yourselves lucky you can just log on and do pretty much as you please. I consider myself lucky that I’m not addicted to online content consumption and this is mostly just a minor annoyance for me.

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