Speaking of TV, Republican US Senator, John McCain, of Arizona has introduced a bill to the house floor dubbed The Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013. The legislation has three components. The first is the unbundling of TV programing from content and cable companies, which allows the consumer to have à la carte service options. It also lets the consumer pay for only those channels and shows they want to watch. The second will establish consequences for providers that misuse or don't properly execute the stipulations in the bill, such as downgrading their online offering. Lastly, it will eliminate local sports blackouts, finally!
All politics aside, every consumer should get behind this bill. Perhaps an indirect benefit for content makers is that the bill could help curb privacy, which is running rampant, although many do not admit so publicly. In the end, if done right, the bill could break the cable provider's stronghold on the traditional content distribution model, eliminate the exorbitant pricing scheme, or, as the Senator of Arizona eloquently put it, end the cable monopoly. As I'm writing this, a tear rolled down my eye. Thank you Mr. John McCain for thinking of my wallet. Watch the historical speech after the quick break.
We already have seen evidence of advertising in video games. Still reaching out to techie voters, the Obama campaign now has a billboard in the Xbox 360 game Burnout Paradise. Any advertiser can buy space, including those with presidential ambition. On the other side of the fence, the McPalin group has sent a letter to YouTube complaining that the site doesn’t consider fair use in videos before taking some of them down. You can read the entire document at Techdirt.
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The two Presidential candidates were asked what was on their top ten play list. Barack Obama listed “Ready or Not” by the Fugees, “What’s Going On” from Marvin Gaye, and Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” as his top three, while John McCain said that “Dancing Queen” and “Take a Chance on Me” by ABBA, as well as Roy Orbison’s Blue Bayou” were his faves.
Somewhat related (not really, we just wanted to share,) Rolling Stone has claimed Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl” the top karaoke song of all time, no doubt prompting the singer to come out of the shadows for over 20 years and release his new album, Venus in Overdrive.
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Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain, seen here in a recent trip to a pig roast in Michigan, recently joked around that Googling made his VP search simpler.
“You know, basically it’s a Google,” he said at a fund-raising luncheon. “What you can find out now on the Internet—it’s remarkable.”
It seems like the senior senator has finally caught on to the Net. Fortunately for Barack Obama, back in October he had the smarts to hire Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes to head up his online campaign.
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While the two Democratic contenders battle it out in Pennsylvania today, we found proof positive that when it comes to silly Internet sites, politicos have too much time on their hands. Designer Adi Marom gives you all the instructions you need to download and make finger puppets of Hillary, Barack, and John. She also encourages you to send a photo of your paper creations to a special Flickr gallery. So far there are all of 36 entires. While it’s obvious that some of us have too much time here, too, we think it would be kewl if you also sent us your creations. And if you live in Pennsylvania, get out there and vote.
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