An amazing amount of data is sent across the internet on a regular basis - and for most users discovering something new and relevant is a highlight. The reality is that many Internet users are repeat visitors to the same set of websites - this is something I have accepted and had made going over the daily local, national, and global events much faster. It could be even more efficient, and I will steal a page from the Kindle to outline what else I think is possible. Build a system that will do the following:
- Report User Selections for Syndicated Content
Simple Yes/No, to determine what the broadcast list should be for that zone. Receive Transmissions from one of two bands
Local section of bandwidth for rich content, deliver local promotions and public addresses
Greater Regional band for mainstream/popular content to offset use of the local band Minimize power use by standardizing the transmission schedule
Morning news, Evening News, Special Events Share in one of two ways - Locally and by Recommendation
Local share allows you to bounce a copy of a given article, video, or radio program to someone facce to face
Recommendations bounce your media to an established peer on the next given cycle, if they opt-in Library Access and Resoure Centres
Current events are fine, but any of these tools will need a deeper research function to be considered a serious device.
The combined 100+ years of publication of National Geographic, New York Times, or any other historical works can be put into a system the size of a suitcase with Libraries that pay for the content offering an AYCE media experience.
This would be deconstructing RSS feeds, Podcasts, and Television into a manageable communications standard. Aside from reducing power consumption it would also aid in actve dissemination by allowing users to share content that they might not have originally discovered. LARC systems allow for media to be safe from corruption, destruction, or augmentation and they may aid in separating commerce from academia if the system is implemented properly. (Note: Advertisers typically benefit most from new publications, allowing for an advertisment free archive)
This device could be your computer as it is with some modifications - the important part is that a decentralized information network would allow stronger local communities to develop. Also, send less money to large corporations that have not actively improved services like DSL or Cable Internet services in your community. NIMBY to reduce Cable/DSL subscription numbers and "Think of the children" to support liberated information.