Obsessed with the future of TV

This is a notebook about television, internet video, and what the next living room will be. It's an outline powered by Fargo. The editor of Glass is Zach Seward; the lead developer is Sam Williams.

The name is an argument: that media are best understood as competition for attention on screens connected to the internet. Phones, tablets, laptops, monitors, television sets—it's all just glass.

  • FCC chair Tom Wheeler is revising his net neutrality proposal and could distribute it on Monday.
      • The Journal says at first that "the agency won't allow companies to segregate Web traffic into fast and slow lanes," but the details seem less clear about that:
        • In the new draft, Mr. Wheeler is sticking to the same basic approach but will include language that would make clear that the FCC will scrutinize the deals to make sure that the broadband providers don't unfairly put nonpaying companies' content at a disadvantage, according to an agency official.
      • Seems like this is becoming a question of semantics, which is unfortunate. If the FCC allows "fast lanes," does that necessarily make the normal lanes slow? By comparison, certainly, they are. But internet service providers will claim that it's kosher so long as they aren't slowing down non-paying traffic. How will the FCC view that claim?
      • If I'm right about that, this "revision" by Wheeler doesn't seem all that different from his original proposal—which, it should be noted, has not yet been officially proposed. It will be nice to start talking about an actual document this week, rather than just leaks.
      • Related: David Carr's new column is a strong take on the whole debate.
  • Sunday 5.11.14