Loren Feldman of 1938 Media is twisted.
Twisted in a brilliant, kiss my tuchas kind of way.
Here I am this morning, sitting in front of the computer with my earphones on, laughing my ass off. My wife walks over and she sees me cutting up over a rooster bouncing around on screen. Of course, she's not hearing Feldman's sarcastic voice-over in a hilarious lampooning of a Shel Israel video interview on Fast Company.
Feldman, who heads a Web video production company in New York, probably upsets a lot of people with his posts, but I think he's one of the freshest voices in digital media. It's a lot of inside baseball about the tech business but newbies to his shtick should leave any tender sensibilities at the door. This dude is raw...big time. (Check out Feldman's "People who should be Jewish" video riff. Steve Jobs will hate it, but it's inspired.)
It may not be Wolf Blitzer, but it's one hundred times more entertaining. The best thing about Feldman? He's got the cojones to upset the prissy assumptions of the TechMeme A-listers. Every now and then he leaves a verbal fart in the room and leers into the camera for effect.
Here comes my Sunday morning rant. This industry has always been a lot of fun to write about. But when it comes to conversations over future directions in technology, these days good humor is in short supply. I'm sure money has something to do with it. A lot of people who have big bets obviously have a vested interest in how things are going to turn out. But there's also a lot of passion even if you don't have any personal skin in the game. So it is that Twitter may be the most revolutionary advance in digital communications or the biggest waste of time since the hula hoop. FriendFeed may mark a major breakthrough in "conversational platforms" or "more hyped yawn."
I'm not smart enough to predict how this is going to turn out. Still, it's quite amazing to watch the opinion-making mandarins freak out on cue when someone has the temerity to put forward a counter-argument to the conventional wisdom. (As I write, they're burning Nick Carrat the stake for his take onBilly Bragg's Saturday op-ed piece in The New York Times.
Wonder how they'd react to Feldman growling about how big business is being "duped by this user-generated crap and how Andrew Keen was right about everything." That's not a popular point of view. Then again, he doesn't a damn what they think. And that's why he's got me hooked.