Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Noontime Web video revitalizes lunch at desk

In cubicles across the country, lunchtime has become the new prime time, as workers click aside their spreadsheets to watch videos on YouTube, news highlights on CNN.com, or other Web offerings. According to this article in the New York Times, the trend — part of a broader phenomenon known as video snacking — is turning into a growth business for news and media companies, which are feeding the lunch crowd more fresh content.

Meantime, “Big Think” – kind of a YouTube for ideas – has been launched. It mixes interviews with public intellectuals from a variety of fields, from politics and law to business, allowing users to engage in debates on issues such as global warming and the two-party system. It plans to add new features as it goes along, including a Facebook-like application for social networking. Read how Big Think came about in this piece from the New York Times.


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