The iPod Emmy

In this article on MSNBC, they discuss a new award category being offered by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences: Outstanding Achievement in Content for Non-Traditional Delivery Platforms.

This is the first time they’ve added a category to the Emmy’s since Cable TV shows became eligible in the 1987-88 television season.

What content will be considered in this category is still a bit up for grabs, as you have TV shows like Lost (which were not made eligible) and then you have “24: Conspiracy”, a made-for-mobile version of the popular show “24.”

I have just gotten into subscribing to podcasts on my iPod (I got the 30gb video iPod) as I found that sometimes I needed something to listen to that was not music. I was happy to find categories including anything from meditation to relationship advice, to Mac User information, to the BBC’s podcasts. Some of them are video podcasts where someone has recorded tutorials (for example) on how to edit your own videos on your computer, how to make and publish your own video podcasts and more.

Along these lines, I just read a really great new book by Kevin Roberts, CEO Worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi called “sisomo” (Sight, Sound and Motion) which talks about how so much information these days is delivered on screens (of varying types) and how more and more you need to use Sight, Sound and Motion to tell your story.

The next wave of the Internet will be to continue the themes of creative expression, networking and sharing of ideas. How can you create something that shares your expertise on something you’re passionate about and use Sight, Sound and Motion to deliver it?

That’s what more and more poeple on the Web will be looking to do in the near future…

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Why Pandora is so cool…

Ok, I have now created a category called “Why Pandora is so cool” because I have been a Pandora fan for more than a week (long enough to validate my declaration that Pandora is official).

Read my Pandora post to see the genesis of this declaration. Pandora is an online music service that is designed to expose you to new music, based on your tastes. The online version of what happened when you met a friend of a friend that had some music in common with you, but then also had other stuff that you’d never heard and started sharing his/her music with you.

I am a father with a full-time job and a lot of hobbies on the side, music is one of my many great loves in life… but I have less and less time in my life to be exposed to new music… so I go to Pandora and I enter “Electric Relaxation” by a Tribe Called Quest and suddenly, a week and a half later I log in and “Heart of the City” by Rapper Big Pooh (of Little Brother) comes on, as part of a free playlist of music that costs me nothing to listen to from work.

So the “Why Pandora is so cool!” category is going to be full of posts about songs that come through that make me just go “Ohhh yAAAAAAAAH!!”

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