Media Guy rants against slo-mo newspaper suicide

Submitted by yelvington on March 28, 2006 - 1:04pm

"Platform agnostic" is one of those phrases that makes me crazy. Apparently it makes AdAge's Simon Dumenco crazy, too. This week's rant is a must-read, especially for people from the editorial side who may not be tempted to read a journal that focuses on the ad side.

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Everything that can be a commodity, will be a commodity

Submitted by yelvington on March 28, 2006 - 11:15am

Greg Stein, chairman of the Apache Foundation, says the era of packaged commercial software is coming to an end, because open-source alternatives are wiping out the market: "All of your software will be free. It means that, over time, you aren't going to be paying for software anymore but will instead pay for assistance with it."

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Guardian website posts a profit

Submitted by yelvington on March 28, 2006 - 10:53am

It's great to hear that the Guardian Unlimited is now officially turning a profit. Many people assume it's easier to make a profit when you're big, but on the Internet things just don't work that way. From where I sit, it seems much easier to build a profitable online news operation on a local/regional scale.

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In the works

Submitted by yelvington on March 28, 2006 - 10:38am

I haven't been blogging much lately because I've been busy on a project. I can't disclose the details yet, but here are some of the issues:

Participation. It's been clear all along that the Internet is a network, not a broadcast channel or a hierarchy, that everyone can participate, and that eventually everyone will participate. Some things that didn't work 10 years ago are now possible because we have the critical mass online to make them work. Hyperlocal community networking would be just one of those things.

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