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Some interesting articles I found on the internet

What next for Blu-Ray?

…Blu-ray must be marketed, merchandised and—most importantly—priced for what it is, not for what the industry might wish it were.

What it is, is a fancy DVD player for those who want to get the most out of their HDTV sets.

Popjustice on the collapse of Zavvi:

You can complain about Zavvi as much as you like – and we have done – but its disappearance from high streets is terrible for music. With Woolworths also going, it means that supermarkets will overnight become even more powerful not just at dictating what music people buy but also – this is the important bit – which artists record labels sign and what music they produce.

Broadstuff: Will user-generated media drown itself?

Essentially, what user generated content does is to take the workload from the editor, and puts it on the end user in the form of a lower signal to noise ratio that reqires the user to do the filtering and editing. There is a limit to how much time people can spend doing this, however. Attention time has a hard stop.

The Guardian: internet age ratings, oh dear oh dear oh dear:

people won’t even do that for browser compatibility, which arguably has more effect on the accessibility of their sites, so they’re not going to do it for one country’s desire for “appropriateness”.

The London Review of Books on gaming as an art form:

The trouble with these games – the majority of them – isn’t that they are maladapted to the real world, it’s that they’re all too well adapted. The people who play them move from an education, much of it spent in front of a computer screen, full of competitive, repetitive, quantifiable, measured progress towards goals determined by others, to a work life, much of it spent in front of a computer screen, full of competitive, repetitive, quantifiable, measured progress towards goals determined by others, and for recreation sit in front of a computer screen and play games full of competitive, repetitive, quantifiable, measured progress towards goals determined by others. Most video games aren’t nearly irresponsible enough.

And a superbly opinionated presentation on the problem with ARGs (Alternate Reality Games).

If I see another broadcaster or, well, anyone, proclaim that the future of entertainment is something like Lonelygirl or KateModern or some other tv show on the web, I’ll kill a broadcaster, thus in the long run doing something concrete to deal with my rage.