In this week’s 4MR podcast, I consider the gargantuan Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It offers an orgy of gadgets and new technology, but how much of it is worth our time and will become influential and game-changing? I talked with CNET editor at large Rafe Needleman, who is at CES this week, to get his defense of the show and how it’s bringing in massive traffic for CNET.

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Listen to my entire interview with Rafe Needleman:

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Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here are some links to related sites and stories for the podcast:

The Most Worthless Week in Tech at Slate

Special CES Coverage at CNET

Ford Unveils Focus Electric in New York and Las Vegas at the NY Times

@CES: Hollywood Digital Czars Rain On Smart TV Parade at PaidContent

Samsung Teams Up With Comcast, Time Warner, Hulu to Bring TV to Multiple Screens at AllThingsD

CES – Ultraviolet digital movie downloads to launch in mid-2011 at LA Times

Also, be sure to vote in our poll about how important CES is:


Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.