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April 18th, 2008

The Science of Blogs

On April 15th the Wall Street Journal, in its own Buzzwatch blog, offered a report and a background interview on what’s really going on when people read blogs, and what keeps them doing so. (The Wall Street Journal online is offered by subscription only, but the blogs don’t require a subscription, so the URL attached…

April 6th, 2008

Out of Print

The ever-reliable New Yorker checked in late last month with a long analysis on the fate of the newspaper industry. Entitled “Out of Print: The death and life of the American newspaper,” author Eric Alterman sounds no more cheerful than the rest of us as to where newspapers are headed. Early in the article he…

March 24th, 2008

Pity the Newspaper

Of all media industries assaulted by changes wrought by the Internet, it’s a toss-up as to which is considered the more beleaguered, newspapers or music. Not an enviable prize for which to compete. Certainly both receive plenty of coverage of their varying woes — their problems are not well-kept secrets. But I’ve not seen such…

March 21st, 2008

Putting Humanity Back Into Technology

It was some time after I finished school that I first heard about the trend towards co-operative non-competitive games and sports. I had been raised on games and sports the relied upon killing your opponent before he killed you, and so was taken aback by this new twist on things. It sounded kind of OK,…

March 8th, 2008

The Slow and Ugly Demise of Ziff Davis

The New York Times stated it tastefully: “Ziff Davis Media Seeks Bankruptcy; Ad Revenue Down”; The Wall Street Journal‘s Deal Journal a little more directly: “Billionaire Brand Joins the 2008 Bankruptcy Bonanza.” As the Deal Journal points out, Ziff-Davis is a company with a proud history that only in the last decade-and-a-half fell prey to…