Getting to Know... Josh Berg


1. What do you do at PBS Interactive?

I am helping stations in the pilot program implement COVE.  Eventually, figuring out how to best roll out COVE to the bulk of the stations.  Trying to use as entree into lucrative voice over career.

2. How did you get involved with Public Media?

I interned in the 'online advocacy' department of a non-profit during the 2008 election.  After leaving, I did research into user engagement with online video.  (Will be available online. Coming soon!)  Became convinced that interactive media would revitalize culture and politics.

3. How will the interactive landscape change over the next few years?

Hm. ideally, the National Broadband Plan  works, making high-speed Internet as ubiquitous as telephones.  More people will access the Internet from their phone.  Hardware providers will develop DRM-free content for free.  The virtual reality glove will make a come-back.

4. If the Internet didn't exist, what job would you have?

I would be okay with the following titles:

Gentleman scholar

5. What is your favorite gadget and why?

High-tech: Pandora (does software count as a gadget?)

Mid-tech: My s-video to RCA cable, so I don't need to get cable TV.

Low-tech: martini shaker.

6. If you could have dinner with any three people from history, who would they be and why?

Oscar Wilde: Because he said 'Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.'  And he was a rake.

George W. Bush: Would just be curious what he thinks about.

Porfirio Rubirosa:  Gaps in a biography suggest a life lived well.  Also, his first wife was Trujillo's daughter.  Wild.


  1. Cameron
    Posted June 17, 2009 at 1:34 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Welcome, Josh!

  2. Posted July 31, 2009 at 2:46 PM | Permalink | Reply

    You ARE a gentleman scholar, Josh. Congratulations on this latest gig!

    Kathleen Archambeau

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