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One image to represent America…

One image to represent America…

Imagine you’re quintessential Englishman Stephen Fry – who, naturally, is a geek of Jewish Hungarian stock. He’s spent the last few months travelling the land of the United States, and naturally, has written a book and TV programme about it.

Now you have to publicise said book in a book launch. What’s the one image of America you need to sell the book to a British press? Find out.

This – no doubt hilarious – book joins other ones on the shelves dedicated to explaining America to a European readership. Although given the huge amount of press coverage the American elections get in the UK, I’m not sure anything needs explaining.

Stephen Fry on the iPlayer and the digital arms race

Stephen Fry on the iPlayer and the digital arms race

By any stretch of the imagination, Stephen Fry is one of the very few people who totally understands and gets the digital revolution ™, and also has the eyes and ears of most of the population. More importantly, people like him and he is inherently likeable.

So it’s interesting that in a recent speech on the future of the BBC, he apparently declared that:
– the BBC should not be ghettoized
– he regularly breaks the digital lock on the BBC’s iPlayer
– the very existence of the iPlayer is making a lot of enemies for the BBC

It would be very interesting to find out whether he thinks the iPlayer lock should be beefed up (thus perpetuating the digital arms race), or whether he (as a rights provider of some considerable length) would be prepared to let his content loose online. Or whether it should be shut down entirely.

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