Bloggingheads.tv was started in 2005 by Robert Wright, uber-blogger Mickey Kaus, and Greg Dingle, "a Canadian tech-guy" who had collaborated with Wright to build the Meaningoflife.tv site. It was Dingle who came up with a cost-effective system for creating split-screen streaming videos featuring two people in remote locations, and, as the guys say on the site -- voila! -- the "diavlog" was born.
The site has grown steadily in popularity and has attracted venture capital from Bob Rosencrans, a cable TV pioneer, and the New York Times. But in some ways, as the guys write, it's still very much
a classic expression of the Internet: the ever-dropping cost of information-processing allows people to interact in new ways, and a whole new tribe -- the Bloggingheads tribe -- is formed. But we hope to be in one sense an unusual expression of the Internet. Almost all blogs have a dominant ideology and a fairly homogenous comments section to match. We pride ourselves on having a diversity of views in our diavlogs and an accordingly diverse comments section, where thoughtful disagreement is expressed in civil terms. (OK, usually thoughtful, and usually civil.)...
In that spirit, we present a diavlog posted to the site on August 3 featuring Will Wilkinson, a research fellow at the Cato Institute, and Robert Litan, vice president of research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation, author (with Tim Kane) of the Growthology blog, and co-author (with William Baumol and Carl Schramm) of Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism (click here for the PND review).
Interesting stuff, with a libertarian twist...
(Click for video)
01:00 The Growth Solution and Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism
03:49 Growth and Why We Want it So Much
06:33 Increasing Growth with Capital Goods and Investments
08:29 Transition from a Managerial to an Entrepreneurial Economy
11:40 New Institutional School
15:04 Stability and Open Economy
17:15 Instability and Innovation Incentives
20:46 Health Insurance Problems Discourage Innovation
23:33 Lack of Health Care Market
27:54 Initiatives to Increase Growth: Immigration and Education
36:15 Creating an Education Market
38:01 Public School Inequalities
40:44 Incentives to Motivate Teachers and Students
45:22 Intellectual Property System Reform
52:56 Game of Tax Reform
58:39 Revenue as a Percentage of GDP
59:48 Concluding Thoughts
-- Regina Mahone and Mitch Nauffts