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October 4, 2009 10:28 PM   Subscribe

The model of the new media model (video), Leo Laporte talks to the Online News Association about new media and the origins of TechTV, ZDTv, and TWiT. (via)
posted by blue_beetle (14 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
I miss ZDTv so much sometimes. Especially since it would be all Mac-based now and my mom could watch it down in Florida without having to call me all the time and do screen-sharing just so I could find out what happened to that PDF file that she downloaded but didn't save so who knows where it went because the website she bought it from could have done anything with it.
posted by Brainy at 10:58 PM on October 4, 2009


This is a really entertaining video. I've always liked Leo and he's pretty great here.
posted by Brainy at 11:14 PM on October 4, 2009


<3 to Leo.

Leo once actually answered an email from me, who he doesn't know from Adam, to give me some very sagely advice on how to deal with an idiot I was working for at the time. Even if ZDTv / TechTV hadn't been the best thing on earth, and Call for Help one of the most awesome shows ever along with The Screen Savers, I'd still love the man for continuing to be an awesome human being to some random person who emailed him to ask for stupid advice.
posted by strixus at 11:20 PM on October 4, 2009


"We can't sell ads on a network to smart people..." Truer words have never been spoken.

I just realized that I'm a year older than Leo Laporte... and he has learned the same thing I did about the Radio Medium (and has done so much more with it). He talks about his series of failures, yet has used everything that collapsed around him as a foundation to take things a step higher.

If Leo ever offers a timeslot for the MetaFilter Podcast on his 24-hour TWiT channel, TAKE IT.
posted by wendell at 12:56 AM on October 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


This video is pretty great. I learned something, and things make more sense now.
posted by kiltedtaco at 6:30 AM on October 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


[comment removed - can we NOT predict bad behavior in a thread where none has happened? thank you.]
posted by jessamyn at 7:44 AM on October 5, 2009


Leo Laporte is the best computer nerd ever. He can explain things without being condescending, sexist or ageist, and so his TV shows (The Screensavers and Call For Help) would get calls from kids, parents, women, men, system administrators, retired grandparents, farmers and all other species of nerd. The only other time I've seen that kind of nerd demographic is on a certain community weblog.
posted by yaymukund at 8:39 AM on October 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


Leo Laporte is a fabulous speaker and tech guru with few equals. Its a shame he has to have that huge head though.
posted by digsrus at 9:11 AM on October 5, 2009


I really enjoyed listening to Leo and his ideas are sure refreshing - even hopeful. Thanks for the post blue_beetle!
posted by mouthnoize at 9:52 AM on October 5, 2009


I hope Leo is doing well, these days. I havent seen hide nor hair of him since the days of The Screensavers. that guy is pure qualified awesome.
posted by shmegegge at 9:58 AM on October 5, 2009


If you want to watch Leo, he's online all day everyday at http://live.twit.tv
posted by blue_beetle at 10:48 AM on October 5, 2009


shmegegge: "I hope Leo is doing well, these days. I havent seen hide nor hair of him since the days of The Screensavers. that guy is pure qualified awesome."

Don't forget him (justifiably) flipping his shit at greasy internet dick, Mike Arrington.
posted by boo_radley at 3:22 PM on October 5, 2009


I hope Leo is doing well, these days. I havent seen hide nor hair of him since the days of The Screensavers. that guy is pure qualified awesome.

Am I missing the sarcasm? He's not on the teevee, but he's EVERYWHERE else.

Don't forget him (justifiably) flipping his shit at greasy internet dick, Mike Arrington.

Justifiably in general (Arrington can be a dick) but not in this case. It's always great to see warm, fuzzy personalities shown to be pretty much a farce. Leo can be an ass. In other words, he's human.
posted by Dennis Murphy at 5:59 PM on October 5, 2009


Dennis Murphy: "Am I missing the sarcasm? He's not on the teevee, but he's EVERYWHERE else. "

nope, no sarcasm. I just wasn't aware of the other things he's doing. glad to have been made aware of some of them, now, though.
posted by shmegegge at 7:54 AM on October 6, 2009


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