Art, History, IPTV
Like a mellower version of James Burke's old Connections show, Barrett's talk explained how the invention of the convex mirror and the camera obscura gave artists the ability to trace an image -- creating a leap toward lifelike imagery in 15th century paintings.
Likewise, the invention of the camera pushed art into more abstract territory. (That one, I already knew.)
Fascinating stuff, and Barrett is a good speaker. As with most IPTV discussions, though, the conclusion was that we don't know what's going to happen next -- but it's going to be HUGE. Makes for an easy blog entry, anyway.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading