June 18, 2007
Matters of the mind. Where to find Highbrow videos Online
"... Taking high-quality shows created for traditional TV and then showing them on the Web is the first, and most obvious, step being taken to raise the Internet's video IQ.
In a separate development, Web entrepreneurs are going the YouTube route, but with a high-IQ twist, creating entire sites devoted just to smart video.
One of the most ambitious is Fora.tv, a San Francisco-based outfit that wants to be the go-to site for speeches, panel discussions, symposiums and the like.
B>Fora has hundreds of videos on scores of topics, in the arts, current events, business, science and more. There's a session on feminism and other topics with Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem; Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus discusses how microfinance can end poverty; and writer Ian Buruma talks about social tensions in modern Europe.
There are plenty of other smart video sites to explore: ResearchChannel.org, Research-TV.com, TotalVid.com, EnergyPolicyTV.com, UVu.Channel2.org, TED conferences, inspired talks by the world's greatest thinkers and doers and close to home, the presentations from the LIFT conference - where new technologies and their impact on our society are promoted and discussed.
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