I presented my ideas at Stanford last night to a really lively multidiscplinary group of graduate students and professors. Communications guru Fred Turner, the author of the richly insightful From Counterculture to Cyberculture, had invited me to speak to the group he runs with Stanford archeologist and Metamedia Lab director Michael Shanks. We talked at length about the civic responsibility of Silicon Valley barons to (re)invest their wealth into the information and entertainment economy. Lots of provocative ideas about media, culture, economics and ethics -- some of which might end up in my (or Fred's) next book.
Speaking of books, I'm off to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books tomorrow to speak on a panel about literature and the blogosphere. It's chaired by the novelist Tod Goldberg and also includes author/blogger Ron Hogan (from Galleycat and Beatrice) Ron Hogan and Carolyn Kellogg from Pinky's Paperhaus. The subject is "Litblogs: Words Online" and it's bound to be a lively, provocative conversation. It takes place at 1.30 on Sunday in Young Hall CS24 on the UCLA campus. I'll be at the Festival the whole weekend, so please email me if you want to meet up. Tomorrow night is the award ceremony for the LA Times book prizes. If I'm still standing after the party, I'll report back on who won the big prizes.