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July 23, 2005


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In a hot, crowded room full of our youth, I once heard a wise man say, "I don't question your intellect...I don't question your ability to make decisions or process information, I question the information that you have been given." And so began an engaging four-hour conversation with our youth about their connection to the revolutionary youth of the 1950's and 60's in the US and Africa - and they listened and many learned - but we will never know how many of our youth in that room were able to reclaim their default settings.


As weblogs are very personalized media, they're basically not very effective for affecting mass opinions. Compounding their relatively limited impacts is the matter of below-average consumption of PC devices and broadband by Af-Ams. Consider blogs, as well as web portals, e-zines and all other virtual pipelines, micromedia.

Black punditry will remain in the information backwaters until more of us sympathetic to Black self-expression acquire mass media outlets -- especially 'over-the-air' television & radio stations.


your thoughts on next generation cellular services?

ubiquitous, low-cost, increasingly *feature rich*?


I had a longer post on 3G wireless prepared in response, but thought it best to be pithy.

While 3G wireless providers have seemingly addressed the issues involved with video resoution, the phones are far from 'ubiquitous' in terms of market penetration. Even the most feature-laden mobile phones have limited on-board memory and aren't suited for downloading and/or streaming content beyond 30 second video clips. GSM services are also more pricey by nearly twice as much as their DSL and cable broadband competitors. Suffice to say MMS technology's true value lies in facilitating impulse buys, e.g.; candy, music, beverages.

I acknowledge the convergence of devices, i.e.; PC/TV monitors, web phones, etc., underway. However, I remain unconvinced as to the viability of mobile phones as a practical point-to-multipoint medium.


Please don't ever eschew verbosity on my account. That pithy ish only goes on the Bill O'leilly program. I agree with your prognosis for the most part.

However, I'm aware of a voice and image sharing technology that's point-to-multipoint and which will be made available as soon as megapixel cameraphones become more widespread. Think video or photos of some nefarious perpetration broadcast to ten thousand subscribed phones simulataneously..., could be interesting, particularly when used in combination with locator services.

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