Friday, December 30, 2011

RE: Patt Morrison schedule for Tuesday, January 3, 2012



Tuesday, January 3, 2012

1-3 p.m.




1:06 – 1:30: OPEN


1:30 – 1:58:30

Who owns your Twitter account, and how much is each follower worth?

Say you work for a company and open a Twitter account, combining your name with the company’s. Are the myriad of followers you rack up tied to you as a personal entity, or to the company? When Noah Kravitz, a writer for cell phone news and reviews site, quit the company in October 2010, he not only changed his Twitter account from @Phonedog_Noah to @NoahKravitz, but he kept the 17,000 followers tied to his account. According to Kravitz, PhoneDog at first allowed him to keep the account, with the changed name, in exchange for tweeting about the company occasionally. Then eight months later, in July, PhoneDog sued Kravitz, claiming his massive Twitter follower list was a customer list. The company is seeking damages of $2.50 a month per each Twitter follower for eight months: a total of $340,000. The lawsuit, filed in Northern California, has sparked a larger debate. Do you think an employee can claim ownership to Twitter followers they’ve accumulated as part of their job? If they belong to the company, how much are they worth? Should an employee have to pay to keep them?



Noah Kravitz, Editor at Large with TechnoBuffalo dot com and former writer for; he is being sued by the company over his Twitter account

Dashiell Bennett, author of “Lawsuit Asks ‘Who Owns a Twitter Follower?’” at

Michael Overing, practicing attorney, and an adjunct professor at USC's Annenberg School of Communication who teaches courses in media law


2:06 – 2:30

Your computer will read your mind.  No kidding.

On December 19, 2011, IBM unveiled its sixth annual “5 in 5” list, or five innovations that will change our lives within five years. What should you expect by 2016? Mind-reading, an end to junk mail, and (finally!) a farewell to the clumsy password system.  That is to say, expect to provide biometric data (retinal scans, etc) instead of your mother’s maiden name or daughter’s birthday; expect the precision of your spam filters to increase; and expect computers and smart phones to read your brainwaves through bioinformatics—meaning they’ll call dad when you think “call dad.” Plus, kinetic energy-powered households and a much narrower gap between the digital “haves” and the digital “have nots,” thanks to improvements in mobile phone technology. Do you have a prediction that didn’t make the list?  A fear or hope about a technology that did? 


Bernie Meyerson, research fellow and vice president for innovation at IBM. In 1992, he was appointed an IBM Fellow, IBM’s highest technical honor.

2:30 – 2:39: OPEN


2:41:30 – 2:58:30  

The Yosemite Project: In four seasons

Millions of people have visited and photographed Yosemite National Park, but many of those visitors have not seen the park in all four seasons. Los Angeles Times photographer Mark Boster spent a year photographing all four seasons in the region that spans eastern portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties in east central California, for what he has called Project Yosemite, “the project of my dreams.” Boster has been smitten by the beauty and grandeur of Yosemite since he first visited the park as a child with his family. With over 100 stunning photographs, Boster showcases the park’s colorful blooms and rushing waterfalls of spring, clear skies and copious tourists of summer, golden hues of fall, and winter's frozen glimmer. What is the most beautiful time of year to visit Yosemite National Park? How does Yosemite compare to other national parks in terms of aesthetic allure? Tune in to find out.



Mark Boster, (“boss-tuhr”) Los Angeles Times staff photographer. He’s been part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams during his 28 years with The Times and was recently recognized for his year-long Yosemite project at the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards.



Noelle Conti, Producer

Patt Morrison - winner of the 2010 RTNA Golden Mike for best Public Affairs program

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