All eyes on Washington

Unless you disconnect yourself today entirely from anything audio-visual, you won’t be able to miss the inauguration ceremony of incoming US President Barack Obama. While he will become the 44th President of the United States when he takes his oath of office at 5pm GMT today, Mr Obama’s inauguration is a global event, one that will see a worldwide television audience estimated by some to be in the billions as people across the globe tune in to watch. The peak…

The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #415: January 19, 2009

Content summary: An intro from Steve Crescenzo; Shel’s in Hawaii; Dan York’s FIR Interview with PSNH’s Martin Murray posted; upcoming FIR Interview with Jack O’Dwyer; Michael Netzley reports from Singapore; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; News That Fits: Ketchum exec’s Twitter embarrassment, a look at brands on Twitter: Tesco’s Fresh and Easy, is it possible to mass-email a pitch and do it right?, first looks at Windows 7 beta; Eric Schwartzman interviews Harvey Johnson, outgoing Deputy Administrator and Chief…

Danah Boyd’s dissertation

Danah Boyd is someone I discovered when I first got seriously involved with social media in 2004. She’s one of only a small handful of academic-focused people I regard as essential to pay attention to who I’ve followed since then. Yesterday, she published online “Taken Out of Context: American Teen Sociality in Networked Publics” (PDF), her PhD dissertation. From the abstract: […] My analysis centers on how social network sites can be understood as networked publics which are simultaneously (1)…

Video: Installing Windows 7 beta

The public beta version of Windows 7 was released by Microsoft on January 9 to great enthusiasm by fans and anyone curious about what the next version of the Windows operating system would look like. I tried to download the 2.4 gigabyte file, without success. Luckily a Microsoft Twitter buddy sent me the beta on DVD (thanks again, @Jas) and so I now have the 32-bit beta version installed on my Dell Dimension XPS 420 desktop computer as a dual-boot…

What’s it like to be the chairman of GM?

There’s an interesting interview with Rick Wagoner, the chairman and CEO of General Motors, by Andrew English in yesterday’s Telegraph Motoring. If you follow news and events surrounding GM and the American auto industry, you’ll find it a highly readable interview, conducted during the Detroit Motor Show that runs from January 11-25. It offers another dimension on the leader of a company seen by many as being at the heart of the present global financial crisis. The article sub-heading is…

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