Uber geek Robert X. Cringely's [pubcon.com] long awaited web cast, NerdTV, starts next week.
I am excited about what Cringely has been working on for over three years. His PBS columns having been growing in quality, depth, and core significance since his Infoworld days.
What sets this apart is that Cringely has become somewhat of a tech maven and a history teacher wrapped-in-one. His work in 1996 on Triumph of the Nerds [pbs.org] was the first major mainstream broadcast to accurately reflect computer history.
As we went through the internet revolution, those of us alert and present in the micro computer revolution of the 80's were astounded and infuriated at the brazen attempt by the winners at rewriting computer history. Cringelys work on Triumph of the Nerds put a finger in the dam to at least slow down those playing fast and loose with the truth. Without "Nerds", our historical backdrop of the late 70's and early 80's would look entirely different today. The ability of major corporations to rewrite history and meld minds is staggering. For that, we should all be a bit thankful to Cringely for fighting the good fight.
I can't help but think that the new NerdTV will be culturally significant to the internet. This is not a revolutionary event, but it is a watershed event. RXC has a strong enough following that this show is going to get a look by big players. Those same players have been setting on the internet video broadcast sidelines while internet radio took off via podcasting. While radio is do-able under moderate bandwidth needs, video had has has a huge overhead involved with it. As bandwidth costs have steadily fallen over the last few years, video is slowly - ever so slowly - becoming viable. NerdTV may be the internet video tipping point we have been waiting for ...
You can also see Robert X. Cringley at Pubcon Vegas [pubcon.com]...