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Wednesday, August 10, 2021

Is it worth $20 grand to cruise through superfluous legal courses? That’s the question as there’s a groundswell movement to either eliminate the third year of law school, or else bulk it up.

More sentiment is going toward condensing the experience to two years, if only to save students the extra year’s expense. The additional expected benefit is the enabling of less debt-burdened grads to more managably shoot for dream public-service jobs instead of high-paying gigs.

It would, no doubt, help with the typical burnout many law students experience. I found it funny that three acquaintences I knew all made it through their three-year stints, and subsequently decided they didn’t want to practice law after all. (They all wound up passing the Bar, eventually; but it speaks to how much of a strain the full ride puts on you.)

I’d be interested in hearing what a current law student thinks about this.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 08/10/2021 11:26pm
Category: General
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Is the tech-enabled decentralization of media leading to a world of bite-sized entertainment?

The rise of shorter, smaller content is actually a trend that’s affecting all media and entertainment, reflecting not just the taste of a quick-change generation but also an increasing variety and flexibility in the ways we can consume media. As we leave the era of one-size-fits-all distribution, we’ll increasingly see the end of one-size-fits-all content. Indeed there’s an increasing amount of evidence that this is already underway…

We’re increasingly fine-slicing both the time we give media and the media itself. Small is the new big.

Obviously, Current TV is predicated on this assumption. Another good example: Many of Adult Swim‘s shows are in the form of quarter-hour episodes, and that programming bloc is wildly popular with the 18-26 demographic. And considering the most popular online video content is short-form (owing in large part to the ease in streaming or downloading smaller file sizes, even on broadband), it’s a becoming ingrained behavior for media consumers.

This brought to mind the prolonged box-office slump that Hollywood can’t seem to shake this year, which has prompted serious research considerations by the industry. Could it be that the studios aren’t doing anything wrong, but rather are fighting against a significant shift in audience expectations — one that means people no longer desire entertainment in a 2-hour sitting?

(Via Digital-IQ)

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 08/10/2021 10:47pm
Category: Movies, Society, Tech
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Although he doesn’t explicitly state it, the impression I got from Robert Trigaux’s column on Orlando’s blossoming videogaming industry — signified by the imminent opening of UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy — was that Orlando is poised to become a new-media entertainment center of the universe.

First, Orlando must be congratulated for leveraging the arrival of Electronic Arts (which bought a Maitland game developer called Tiburon in 1998) and making the graduate-level Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy a reality. If Orlando plays it smart, the metro area could emerge as a significant player in what is clearly an industry poised for megagrowth.

On a smaller scale, Electronic Arts is to Orlando’s video gaming industry what Scripps Research is expected to become to West Palm Beach’s (if not all of Florida’s) bioscience industry.

Second, the academy will train game developers, many of whom will be hired locally and at healthy salaries. This becomes a plus not only for generating better-paying jobs, but for attracting younger, educated adults to remain in Central Florida. So kudos to a practical plan to produce people with specialized skills.

Third, beyond traditional theme parks and tourism, Orlando and UCF have demonstrated a knack at developing promising and higher-paying business hubs. The metro area is well regarded for its concentration of entrepreneurs and young companies with expertise in laser technologies. The area also is gaining a stronger reputation in the defense industry.

Hollywood and the movies, New York and television, and now Orlando and gaming. The seeds are certainly being sown.

I’ve been aware of EA Tiburon and the Orlando videogame industry for some time now.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 08/10/2021 10:09pm
Category: Business, Florida Livin', Videogames
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