FOX announced yesterday that it was canceling “Utopia,” a televised social experiment in which contestants live on a compound for 12 months and try to create a new society. FOX aired an edited show on Friday nights, but viewers could sign up for a “Passport” to Utopiatv.com as subscription and access a live-stream of events on the compound 24/7. They would also participate in the elimination process, something FOX added to the format after it posted low initial ratings.
And there’s the rub: just like that digital dilemma about what to do with your Facebook profile when you die, what does a network do with all of it’s live-streams and social extensions? Read more