We're entering a critical, and dangerous, time in the content ecosystem. A moment where partisan politics could shout down diverse points of view, and lumbering algorithms could blithely filter out diversity.
For months it seemed as if The Social Network was the odds on favorite to win an Oscar for Best Picture. Then, something changed. Now it's a horse race with The King's Speech. How did that happen, and why?
By the time my Google TV arrived, I was prepared to hate it. I powered it up expecting a digital disaster. Instead, I found a remarkably workable hardware/software combination that did everything that was promised.
In 2011, it all comes together. Devices, bandwidth and consumer demand. People are moving away from old sources and passive technology, and embracing social media and social content in way that couldn't have been imagined just five years ago.
As we approach the end of the first decade of the new millennium, I took a moment to look back at 2010 to catalog the changes that have be meaningful to Web content and what will continue to influence our understanding and approach to technology over the next ten years.
What Assange is saying is that the era of secrets is over... What the Groupon decision means is that Google, for all its power and influence, isn't the only path to a successful business with a strong revenue stream and a bright future.
Ran Harnevo smiles when he tells you he isn't the "new" head of AOL Video, he's the first person to have that job. As he sees it -- it's a sign of the times that big web players see video as core to their future.