The ramifications of an attack such as this are reasonably severe — and yet this is the first I’d seen or read any news on the subject, even considering the number of tech.-related publications I regularly peruse.
Internet radio is in immediate danger. Devastatingly large increases in royalty rates take effect July 15: retroactive to Jan 1 2006. Many radio and music sites can’t afford the increases, so will be forced to shut down their music streams.
Today is a national “Day of Silence” to protest these rates, and to encourage the millions of net radio listeners to take action and contact their Congressional representatives.
Webcasters across USA have special programming planned; some will broadcast complete silence.
Check this line-vector simulation of a hanging cloth, writ by JRC313.com. Pull it with the mouse (click-drag), let go, and watch it swing — cheap e-thrills via a “physics library” of code; here’s some screenshots:
The site for Thembi’s AIDS Diary, A Year in the Life of a South African Teenager (Radio Diaries– The AIDS Diary Project) now has a blog, lotsa Flash, mp3s, and is preparing an AIDS Action Toolkit for .edu and avocacy.