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Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 7 October 2002

Note: the comments below are the unabridged submissions of readers and do
not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher.


From: David Mohring
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: "The Real Battle" Vs Free Culture

The "old" hollywood and broadcast media industry is
suffering major problems with technology, even without the net.

Doc Searls' article Talks about what he learned by attending
last week's Digital Hollywood Conference in Beverly Hills.

The best quote from the above

"""This became clear in a later panel, when the moderator
asked how many people in the audience had a TiVo machine at
home. Nearly every hand went up. Then he asked how many
would honestly admit they used their TiVo to fast-forward
through the ads. Just about every hand stayed up."""

From the other side, if you have not already listened to, or
read Lessig's speech on free culture. I urge you to do so
ASAP. The flash presentation brings home just how much we,
as a society in general, have to lose.

From: Peter Jenkins
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Net TV Programmes..

Well there is one program which does have a Internet
section in it, and that is Flipside on TV2
(flipside.nzoom.com)(6:30pm Tues, Thurs).  Unfortunately
the net section is streamed by internet only and starts
straight after the main programme.  So I guess the theory
is that if you want to know about net stuff you are already
on the net and can view the live stream.  The streams are
available in both 56k and 128k and are quite watchable on
my cable connection and are generally fast.

If you view the streaming media version of the show, you
get to see "Behind the Scenes" in the advert breaks and see
what they get up to in the studio while the ads are on,
which is very cool.  Also they take Emails about topics
they are talking about and read them out while the show is
on, so its semi-interactive TV :)

PS. I would be quite interested to know just how many
people actually watch the show on the Internet!!  I have my
laptop plugged in the lounge so its quite convienient for
me to watch it, but others it may not be.

From: Ben Schmidt
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Net related TV programs

TV 2 has a net related program called flipside that shows at
6:30pm during the week.  I haven't really watched it but it
seems to be aimed at the youth audience and has opionion
polls  and the like live on their website and they show the
results throughout the program.

From: Charlie
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Tech TV

Saturn runs a US based (where else?) program called Tech
TV, which covers a large range of computer tech issues.  It
runs 24 hrs I think, so subjects get repeated often.  They
cover news, new tech & releases, internet use, software and
hardware reviews including comparisons with other products,
hints and tips for everything including OS's, games &
hardware, viewer question sessions, etc etc.  Their target
audience must be the average consumer, because it's not
often that they feature anything that's news to someone
who's really into computers or the industry, but it's still
interesting to watch most of the time.

From: robert rozee
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: a lack of technology/science in general...

    i feel there is a lack of technology/science
programming on free-to-air television in general. in the
past we had the likes of "Beyond 2000"; even "Scrapheap
Challenge" could be considered technologically orientated
in that it was directed towards motivating thought. but
today, i can think of not one such program on air - apart
from the odd documentary.

just as we had the swing towards games shows ad nauseam
back in the 1980's, now we have a proliferation of what is
generally billed as 'quality drama', certainly a step up
from games shows, but not exactly a class of content that
expands the mind.

perhaps it is time for NZ on Air to look at funding
something local?

From: Keith
For : Right Of Reply (for publication)
Subj: No Net TV programmes

Perhaps the reason that TV doesn't pay much attention to
the Net is because it might detract from its core purpose
which is delivering punters to their advertisers! :-)

From: Sam
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Click Online

Click Online is on BBC World on Sky Digital every Sat @

From: Dylan
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: The Net, on TV

The problem with making a TV show about the internet is,
that despite the fact that the internet is a visual medium,
it doesn't translate so well into a TV broadcast. Simply
because TV doesn't have the interactivity demanded by the

How often have you tried to read a news article or site that
was on their screen and had them scroll to fast, or click on
a link that wasn't the one you wanted? TV is like that, only
you can't express you feelings to the man with the mouse.

Also, I am sure many people have been on both sides of this
one - teaching someone to do something on a computer. We all
have different learning curves on these things, someone
saying, "right, now click over here, and the put a tick in
this box," may be good for some of us, but for others, we
need to see that again, a couple of times, and we'd also
like to know what happens when we click on *this* box
instead of *that* one.

It's certainly not impossible, and Click Online does do a
fairly good job, but it's far from ideal.

The passive nature of TV doesn't really do the internet
justice, it really requires interactivity with the audience
(it almost worked on talkback radio, but that became
something like a broadcast helpdesk).

Of course, there is still hope that a good compromise can be
reached and an engaging internet-related TV show can come to
our screens.

From: Scott
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: TV Material on net/computing

I've noticed that Sky TV has introduced alot of radio
stations now on their digital service, maybe someone could
approach sky and get a channel added (it's easy for them
to do because of the number that the digital service can
handle) about internet/computing.
It could run 24x7 with repeats when new content isn't

Topics such as:
A daily net/computing news at say 8pm so its out of the
way of normal news
Newbie net guide at normal times (between 4pm to 9pm)
Linux/open source info and tutorials (9pm onwards because
most of the people interested in that are up then)
Software piracy
Latest hardware
Listings similar to the Trade whatever crap on Channel 4
with the latest hardware listings from vendors
Gaming news/reviews

I'm sure it would be easy to find content, the community
can write it.

All we need is someone to write the proposal and lead on.

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