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Paywalls Don’t Scale · Here’s the prob­lem: Every day I get emails about great of­fers ex­pir­ing re­al soon, bet­ter act now. They’re sub­scrip­tion deals from pub­li­ca­tions I most­ly like, but I’m not sign­ing up. I’d like to pay them though; here’s how ...
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Content-free · I’m think­ing about suc­cess­ful new com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nel­s, and how we talk about what’s in them. On Twit­ter, we say tweets. In the bl­o­go­sphere and on Face­book, posts; al­so rants, re­views, and flames. Face­book has likes and now ev­ery­thing has links ...
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Who Owns Your Pictures? · Peo­ple are claim­ing that a new Bri­tish law is go­ing to al­low any­one to steal your on­line pic­tures and sell them and keep the mon­ey. I think they’re most­ly wrong about that law, but in the pro­cess of check­ing it out I ran across some bad be­hav­ior by social-media com­pa­nies ...
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Kindle is Weird · The Kin­dle store is sort of like a quan­tum vac­u­um; items flick­er in­to and out of ex­is­tence, and when they’re there, their mea­sur­able at­tributes don’t stand stil­l ...
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Counter Futures · I was at the drug­store buy­ing train tick­et­s, wait­ing for a cashier, star­ing blankly at the mag­a­zine cov­er­s, and re­al­iz­ing they’re pos­si­bly (like many pa­per pub­li­ca­tion­s) doomed. So what’s go­ing to re­place them? There is ap­par­ent­ly a thriv­ing mar­ket of peo­ple who will pay to read about movie-star mar­riages, home makeover­s, and weight loss ...
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Who Buys Books? · In our fam­i­ly it’s most­ly Kin­dle these days. We share an ac­coun­t, and read on var­i­ous elec­tron­ic de­vices. This works great; re­cent­ly my wife and I read the In­spec­tor O nov­els, while my 12-year-old and I read The Hunger Games ...
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Bits as a Service · It is true, if in­con­ve­nien­t, that in­for­ma­tion wants to be free. Which for­tu­nate­ly doesn’t mean we’re done with Art or Jour­nal­ism or the oth­er ser­vices em­bod­ied in bit­s ...
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Good News-Biz News · Peo­ple still read news, but the howls of pain from the busi­ness grow al­ways loud­er; the news about the news is all lay­offs and pay­wall­s. I’d like to of­fer a cheery counter-example ...
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Empty Walls · Con­sid­er three dif­fer­ent rooms you’ve nev­er vis­it­ed ...
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On Media · This last Fri­day and Satur­day I spent in the com­pa­ny of 250 or so peo­ple who self-define as con­trib­u­tors to the Net, at North­ern Voice 2009. On the one hand, it’s like be­ing in a warm bath; ev­ery­one here thinks it’s nor­mal to want to tell your sto­ry to the world, usu­al­ly on more than one chan­nel. On the oth­er, ev­ery­one goes around talk­ing about “Social Media”; the clock is to­tal­ly tick­ing on the time when you can do that uniron­i­cal­ly. Hav­ing said that, our tra­di­tion­al me­dia are look­ing pa­thet­i­cal­ly clapped-out and we are sure as hell go­ing to need some­thing to fill the gap­s. With pic­tures ...
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Everything On-Line? · Re­cent­ly I read The Re­bel­lion Within by Lawrence Wright, a long, eru­dite, im­mense­ly in­for­ma­tive New York­er piece about the in­ter­nal dy­nam­ics of Al-Qaeda and the Mus­lim Brother­hood and Is­lam­ic Ji­had: Who are these peo­ple, any­how, where did they come from, and where are they go­ing? I en­tire­ly rec­om­mend it. There’s a prob­lem, though: I read it on-line ...
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Cars and Publishing · While our car was in the shop, we rent­ed a van and it dawned on us that for a 2-child fam­i­ly that’s on the road quite a bit, a van might be a bet­ter choice than ei­ther of the cur­rent char­i­ot­s, a tiny lov­able Golf diesel or a slick but space-challenged Au­di wag­on. So we’re kind of car shop­ping. As a side-effect of this pro­cess, I be­gin to think that Con­sumer Re­ports is maybe ahead of the world in ef­fec­tive in­te­grat­ed pub­lish­ing ...
 
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