Sat 7th November 2009, 8:37pm
I went ahead and watched (well, listened to mostly) the whole video while doing other tasks. It was nearly 100% the same old blather that Jimbo has put out for years. However, I did find a few things mildly interesting, though.
First, the topic was "The Future of Free Culture", but he barely made any mention of "free culture" at all beyond how it works at Wikipedia. No mention I can recall of the "free culture movement", nor any of copyright, outside of a very brief mention in his answer to a question on plagiarism.
You would think that appearing at a prestigious university and research institution like Yale might just induce Jimbo to depart from his standard stump speech for WP that then (none too) subtly morphs into a sales pitch for Wikia. But then, if you thought that, you wouldn't know Jimbo very well, would you? Writing a new speech to suit a particular audience is, like, sooooooo hard, man!
Speaking of which, Jimbo spent the first nineteen minutes
of a thirty-three minute talk just making introductory remarks about what WP is and what it is about, then briefly contrasted that with Wikia. Why on earth does he need nineteen minutes
to explain what WP is to a Yale University audience? Two or three minutes of introductory remarks would have been more than sufficient.
Interesting that the first question concerned criticism of WP. In his answer, he referred to the mainstream news media only, as if it were the only source for criticism of WP.
He also claimed that his editing of his own BLP was "non-controversial" within "the community" (at about 45:55), and that only the news media made an issue of it. Yeah, right.
EDIT: I forgot to mention my amusement at the new clean-shaven look Jimbo is sporting now. I guess Jimbo finally figured out that while a beard can do much to de-emphasize a weak chin, it also adds years to your appearance once you acquire a certain percentage of gray or white in that beard. (I'm a bit older than Jimbo and tell everyone I lose at least five years when I shave (which isn't far wrong, hee, hee!)). I also suspect that he is coloring his hair up top. Can another Jimbo bimbo eruption be far behind?