The majority of Americans will wake up today and not realize it, but the seeds of a revolution were planted yesterday. According to our good friend Duncan Riley at TechCrunch, this revolution threatens network television.
at TechCrunch, the “hearts and minds of the people who count have abandoned MySpace for Facebook.” This astonishing revelation isn’t backed up with any facts or statistics, and interestingly comes less than a month after Duncan entitled “Rumors Of The Decline Of MySpace Are Exaggerated.” One can only assume that Duncan’s flip flopping and talk of “hearts and minds” indicate that he’s going to make a run for the presidency in 2008.
that NASA is looking to partner with Web 2.0 startups like Facebook and Twitter to “save itself from turning into a dinosaur in the Internet age.” I checked the date and it is June 27, not April 1.
I think this may represent the pinnacle of two things: Bubble 2.0 and NASA’s fall from grace. Without regurgitating the entire News.com article, the idea that the use of Web 2.0 technologies is going to help NASA achieve its mission and vision statements seems downright absurd. For a taxpayer-funded organization facing significant problems on many fronts, including the safety of its own astronauts, I believe it’s a colossal waste that any resources get spent on “Moon Twittering.”
I’m pleased to report that my first guest post on CenterNetworks is now live. I’ve been a big fan of CenterNetworks for some time and am appreciative that Allen Stern has offered me the opportunity to contribute as a guest. I’ll be writing some future posts for CenterNetworks so be sure to keep an eye out. My first post deals with my predictions for the overheating online video market.
by Deadline Hollywood Daily that Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson of MySpace fame are asking for $50 million in compensation over the next two years in order to stay involved with the social networking giant which News Corp. acquired for $580 million. As Duncan Riley on TechCrunch points out, the request seems absurd on the surface but does raise a valid issue when it comes to Web 2.0 services: are the people who were wholly or partially responsible for the growth of a community, and who are associated with its culture, a crucial component to continued success once the service has achieved critical mass?
There is a lot of discussion and debate going on about the increase of royalty rates for Internet radio providers. The SaveNetRadio coalition has even organized a boycott that many large Internet radio providers plan to participate in.
In a comment I posted on TechCrunch in April, I argued that a lot of the buzz around Web 2.0 has been driven by a number of myths. I feel that this comment may be one of my most important and want to address these myths again in a little more depth, this time on The Drama 2.0 Show.
Myth 1: You can build Web 2.0 businesses really, really cheap.
One of the most prominent conflicts within the media world is that of new media versus old media. Technologists argue that technology is making old media less relevant. Many go as far as to claim that old media is dying.
As an individual who is passionate about both technology and media, I enjoy looking at the collision of these worlds and analyzing the claims that are being made. It’s a difficult subject to analyze thoroughly because both industries are quite complex. Additionally, the terms “new media” and “old media” are often not used in a consistent manner and when you consider that many old media businesses, like Viacom, are actually quite involved with what most consider to be new media, you have all the makings of a subject which can be debated ad nauseum without basic assumptions being agreed upon.
Today is a special occassion for me. Although I’ve been posting for quite some time, I’ve never felt comfortable calling myself a “prosumer” because I never had my own blog. Besides the fact that I procrastinated in setting up this blog, I also wanted to be sure I was at a stage in my life where I could accept being a prosumer. After coming to grips with the fact that my blog is going to eventually contribute to the destruction of old media (so I’m told), I’m ready to step up and prosume. To celebrate the occassion, I’m considering ordering some MiniCards from Moo.com listing my title as “Prosumer” (sorry VistaPrint, you’re just too Web 1.0 for me).