Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Clay Shirky interview - salvaged from Google Video


When Google announced it was closing down Google Video I was relatively comfortable with the idea since they said nothing would be deleted. The idea (as I recall) was that you could no longer add to it. Made sense post the YouTube purchase, of course.
I was staggered to find recently (and they haven't even emailed me with this) that they are going to shut it down as a hosting site entirely. And it's up to you, dear contributor, to download what is yours or lose it.
Some would say that's the risk of free SaaS. I disagree. There is a difference between SaaS and a platform to host content from which the platform owner then makes all the money (ie by advertising against content that users contribute).
And I think it was incumbent on Google to transfer all Google Video content to YouTube on behalf of the the content creator, with the option to merge with the owner's Youtube accounts or delete. How hard would that be.
Instead it's up to mugs like you and me to salvage the likes of this, above: A 35 minute interview with Clay Shirky I conducted in 2008. It was too long for YouTube at the time, so started life on Google Video.
In it we discuss Gin, TV and what comes next?, Why Here Comes Everybody (his book) avoids the copyright issue, is technology changing us, scoring collaboration in education, humanising brands, facebook and email and how algorithms caused the credit crunch.
Gin, TV and what comes next?, Why Here Comes Everybody avoids the copyright issue, is technology changing us, scoring collaboration in education, humanising brands, facebook and email and how algorithms caused the credit crunch.

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