This Hill Holliday video of users trying new connected TV technologies has been making the blog rounds so this might be a little redundant, but it sums up such an important point for people working on iTV products. See their original blog post here.
Stephen Colbert expanded the constraints of reality with the following testimony in a house committee on immigration.
As important as it is, actual policy making seems like long, complicated, boring business. It’s like watching someone wireframe an application. The details make the design, but scouring for relevant details just makes for a day at work, not anything most people want to do in their off-time. So we all rely on news media to sum it up for us.
But news media has increasingly become its own entertainment, presenting clips and quotes from sources both official and self-scripted to fit it’s own narrative. It’s reality TV, only with extremely high stakes. Policy-makers then have 2 choices – to take the “high road” and be voted off or stir up drama to get a part on the show.
So it’s exciting when someone changes the game completely. Most celebrities try to use their fame for good, but not their talent. After getting a part on the political stage via other means, they often end up being the uncharismatic, self-righteous heels they are in their off-hours. Colbert instead offers up his talent and many more people start hearing about the complexities of the immigrant labor issue.
Dancing with the Stars is a commitment to watch being that it’s on twice a week with one show being a couple hours long and the other going on for 5 or 6. But it’s worth it when you get to see stuff like this. The choreographers mashed up a dance style with a time period in Season 9 and my thereafter favorite Derek Hough came up with this futuristic (or 80s) paso doblé. I wish he’d do more of this and take it on the road. How about an experimental waltz to Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds in an updated turn of the (last) century costume?