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Hyperlinked Society Conference Reveals How Linking, RSS Are Changing the Face of Public Media

Read Center Director Pat Aufderheide's thoughts on the recent Hyperlinked Society Conference on our Beyond Broadcast Blog.

The conference brought together leaders in business, scholarship and new nonprofit practice to talk about how linking, RSS and today’s social networking change the way we think about media. The conference bridged gaps between these different arenas that might not otherwise cross and revealed new possibilities for collaboration in public media. Read more...

Summary of the Hyperlinked Society Conference - June 9, 2006, by Pat Aufderheide

The Hyperlinked Society conference--what a great way to spend a Friday in Philadelphia! Joe Turow from the Annenberg Public Policy Center organized it. He brought together folks from business, scholarship and new nonprofit practice to talk about how linking, RSS and today’s social networking change the way we think about media.

Some of my favorite moments:
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Beyond Expectations: Setting the Bar for Participatory Culture, by Jennifer Harris

An audience of roughly 300 public-minded media makers gathered on Harvard University’s Law campus to answer the question of how broadcasters can move beyond broadcast. The objective not being to make traditional radio and television broadcast obsolete, but to build beyond the levels of communication and participation that had been ‘allowed for’ in broadcast formats but that are essential to web-based ones. Read more...

Surviving or Thriving: Beta Business Models in the New World

What are the sustainability and business implications of these emerging models? What are the opportunities for new resources to support public-service media? Do commercial vs noncommercial distinctions map over to these new spaces of engagement? Is there a case for tax-based support or will a new mix of sponsorship, subscription, listener-support and foundation funding evolve? Read more...

High Order Bit: Just a Pretty Face(book)? What College Students Actually Do Online

Fresh thinking and research about what types of sites and online services college students are using and how their engagement differs by socio-economic background and user attributes.

Speaker: Eszter Hargittai Assistant Professor Northwestern University