Posts from April 26, 2005

Exploding TV

Exploding TV

: Rafat Ali has the story behind the Open Media Network, another means — like OurMedia and Brightcove — to distribute multimedia content without a old, closed network. I downloaded the ap and player (it wouldn’t work via Firefox, only IE) and watched my favorite vlog, Rocketboom.

Tipping point… or melting point?

Tipping point… or melting point?

: Just got the Wilson Quarterly with its cover story on “The Collapse of Big Media.” Getaloada the intro:

Collapse is not too strong a word to describe what has happened to America’s major news media. Stripped of their old economic and technological advantages, befuddled by the changing character of their audiences, and beset by new competitors, they are reeling from the blows recent scandals have dealt to their credibility and presige. Their old authority is one, and with it, perhaps their ability to define for Americans a shared realm of information, ideas and debate.”

Youch. That pretty much summarizes the melting point.

: Stats from WQ compliled from many sources:

* Daily newspaper circ from 1990 to 2003: 62.3 to 55.2 million

* Number of daily U.S. papers from 1990 to 2003: 1,611 to 1,456

* By age group, percentage of Americans who read a paper yesterday: 18-29 – 23, 30-49 – 39, 50-64 – 52, 60+ – 60

* Time spent by 8-19 year olds on all media: 6 hours, 21 minutes; time spent on print media: 43 minutes

* Combined viewership of network evening news: 1980 – 52 million, 2004 – 28.8 million

* Median age of network news viewer: 60

* Percentage of people who believe all or most of what’s on: network news – 24, CNN – 32, FoxNews – 25, C-Span – 27, PBS NewsHour – 23

: See also Chris Anderson’s many stats on the media meltdown here.

* Music: sales last year were down 21% from their peak in 1999

* Television: network TV’s audience share has fallen by a third since 1985

* Radio: listenership is at a 27-year low

* Newspapers: circulation peaked in 1987, and the decline is accelerating

* Magazines: total circulation peaked in 2000 and is now back to 1994 levels (but a few premier titles are bucking the trend!)

* Books: sales growth is lagging the economy as whole

: See tipping-point posts here, here, and here. And much media here.

: And from PaidContent, see links to the Deloitte report on the not-so-bright future of network TV and Mary Meeker’s powerpoint on the ad challenges. See this amazing chart from Meeker’s presentation. Compare the ad dollars spent per household in each medium and guess where this is going:


And see this on classifieds in papers vs. eBay (and this doesn’t include CraigsList!):


(Unfortunately in-)frequently asked questions

(Unfortunately in-)frequently asked questions

: The Media Center — the real forward thinkers and nudgers in the news business — asks a few great questions in their latest brief tome (a pdf):

OLD QUESTION: What is the future of newspapers?

REALLY ASKING: Will editors and reporters have jobs in five years?

SHOULD ASK: How is a connected society informed? Whatís paper got to do with it? What future are newspapers and TV networks creating? What story do they represent?

OLD QUESTION: Whatís the no-kidding business model for newspaper companies?

REALLY ASKING: Do we really trust this Internet thing?

SHOULD ASK: Which business models enabled by the Internet and mobile, digital technologies best serve an informed, connected society? Can news enterprises reimagine their businesses?

OLD QUESTION: How do we make money?

REALLY ASKING: How do we continue doing what weíve always done, maintain high margins, and control markets?

SHOULD ASK: What are alternatives to the advertising subsidy? What business models can capitalize journalism-based businesses? What is the value proposition for new forms of journalism?

OLD QUESTION: From where will journalism come?

REALLY ASKING: Do we really trust other citizens with journalism?

SHOULD ASK: How will a generation of talented storytellers use multiple forms of media to create and share stories that are relevant to the citizens of an always-on world?

Flying over the shark

Flying over the shark

: Now everybody‘s going to have to blog from an airplane to say: wow, you’ll never guess where I’m blogging from: an airplane. (See also the airborne email in Meeker’s PowerPoint.) And then they’ll IM. And then they’ll Skype. And then they’ll land.

The cup will put you to sleep but the coffee will wake up you

The cup will put you to sleep but the coffee will wake up you

: I missed this before but 601am belatedly wakes me up to the news and I hadn’t even noticed because the brown this-cup-is-too-hot-for-human-consumption thing covered them up but Starbucks, ever in search of a new form of cultural pap, is quoting grande celebs (that is, merely medium) on its cups, and some of them include: Al Franken, Goldie Hawn, Ken Auletta, Yo-Yo Ma, Keith Olbermann, Melissa Etheridge , Ken Burns, Jonah Goldberg, Po Bronson, Quincy Jones, Chuck D, Deepak Chopra. Gag me with a double latte.

Noah benShea’s quote: “Do not kiss your children so they will kiss you back but so they will kiss their children, and their childrenís children.” That belongs on a doilie, not a cup.

And Goldberg’s: “Everywhere, unthinking mobs of ìindependent thinkersî wield tired clichÈs like cudgels, pummeling those who dare question ìenlightenedî dogma. If ìviolence never solved anything,î cops wouldnít have guns and slaves may never have been freed. If itís better that 10 guilty men go free to spare one innocent, why not free 100 or 1,000,000? ClichÈs begin arguments, they donít settle them.” That is here because it wouldn’t fit on a Hummer bumpersticker.