Monday, August 9, 2010

Monday Morning Roundup: 8/9/10

Every morning I read Fast CompanyMashableCulture By and All Things D on my way to work. Not to worry, I take the train and the bus. I also read the blogs on my Kindle, so there can sometimes be a full day back of articles to catch up on. It occurred to me that I should post the more interesting things I come across. I also may switch over to Pulse or something that will cache the blogs on the iPad so I can draft these posts in transit. Of course, I still really prefer reading on the Kindle.

Only got through Mashable this morning.  Here's two articles that really seem worth reading.

This definitely brought out the geek in me, but I do think we forget our history way to quickly.  It's especially problematic in the digital world.  This article does a nice job of taking you on a tour of the history of blogging until now, through the technology that enables blogging to even exist for the masses.  It's kind of like the book  And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails, but with technology instead of cocktails and shorter.

Why Hulu’s New Dance Show is a Game-Changer
This article is all about a new(ish) web-only show that I'd never heard of called LXD.  I have to admit that I'm not really on the cutting edge of web-series.  I think the only one I caught right away was Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible.  But, that's cause I'm a fangirl and follow most anything Joss does.  Even if I had heard about this one, the dance show thing isn't my style -- but this show could change that.  The article does a great job explaining why this show and its approach is unique.  Even if you aren't into the show, you should read the article. Why they chose Hulu as their distributor of choice is really interesting.

The Big Deal:  LXD isn't alone in being a high-quality web-only series.  Shows like this provide unique partnership and advertising opportunities, as well as blazing trails for long-form original content online.
Episode 1: LXD

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