For someone who doesn't own a TV, it takes a certain measure of chutzpah to moderate a panel on Life After TV with the very people who are designing tools to migrate the medium of mass entertainment to new delivery systems and in new formats.
But this is the fare of Sunday's Berkeley Cybersalon, which is described below.
5-7 p.m., Sunday, March 25
$10 at the door includes a chance to nosh on TV food
First they took away the commercials (Tivo). Then they replaced professional actors and scriptwriters with ordinary people trapped on desert islands or interviewing for roles as models and American idols. Soon the rabbit ears will be amputated, phone screens will display pay-per-download videos, and you’ll be able to share home movies and vacation exploits in real time with a small network of family and friends, and even strangers.
What’s there not to like?
Come join our discussion about the coming evolution in mass entertainment with
Andrew Keen, founder of AfterTV.com and author of the forthcoming “Cult of the Amateur” (June 5)
Mary Hodder, founder and CEO, Dabble, a video search engine
Evan Berg, senior director, Brightcove, a video distribution site
Joe Savage, president, Fiber-to-the-Home Council, a marketing organization for promoting broadband to the home