Video clips from "Ask A Ninja" co-creator Kent Nichols, excerpted from a talk given at Pop!Tech 2006, available at http://www.poptech.org/popcasts

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Nichols Competitor

by Adam Kenner

Kent Nichols learns that his podcast is popular, and that established media conglomerates worry that high quality homemade media with an unchecked distribution system threatens their monopoly on eyeballs.
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Nichols iPod

by Adam Kenner

Kent Nichols, co-creator of the popular "Ask A Ninja" podcast, describes how the introduction of the video iPod created a wide audience for homemade video content. Discuss other cultural changes that have taken place since portable digital music players became available.
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Nichols Mashups

by Adam Kenner

Kent Nichols wants his "Ask A Ninja" audience to participate in creating the art by remixing it. This connects the audience to the art and creates a different kind of relationship with the artist. Discuss the experience of participatory art. How does the opportunity to derive new works or alter existing works change the artist/audience communication? Is anything gained or lost in this change?
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Nichols NetNeutrality

by Adam Kenner

Net Neutrality is an important political and social issue that has many complicated dimensions and competing interests. Kent Nichols uses the "Ask A Ninja" podcast to give a humorous and informative spin to the issue. Should all content be equally available on the internet? What happens if higher speed connectivity (for users and/or providers) becomes significantly more expensive than low speed connections? Should internet service providers be able to block access to content they do not agree with or find offensive?
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Nichols Paid

by Adam Kenner

Kent Nichols is surprised what people believe.
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Nichols Podcasting

by Adam Kenner

Kent Nichols uses his "Ask A Ninja" podcast to answer the question "What is Podcasting?"
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Nichols Resources

by Adam Kenner

It doesn't take much to start producing video. Kent Nichols describes the minimal resources he had available to produce the first "Ask A Ninja" segment. Discuss podcasting and video sharing in general - are there podcasts that you or your audience watch or listen to on a regular basis? What might you or your audience want to create a video or podcast about?
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Nichols Stats

by Adam Kenner

Kent Nichols reviews some interesting numbers related to the "Ask A Ninja" podcast.
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Nichols Viral

by Adam Kenner

Kent Nichols contrasts word-of-mouth popularity with expensive advertising. Discuss the phenomenon of "viral" content. What drives something to become wildly popular while other content is ignored? What social connections or groups may be created/strengthened/enhanced or eliminated/weakened/diminished due to sudden popularity of a particular piece of online content?
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