Category Archives: Old Media vs New

Textually watches the fall of big media

I just found out about Textually and I have already added it to my feed reader. The blog aims to follow how new media is being used for entertainment while it erodes an old business model based on an outdated idea of content and intellectual property.

WatchingTV Online will be following YouTube and the new way of watching video and TV on the Internet, it’s impact on the Television industry and will explore the new generation of TV series, focusing on their impact on society – in the US and around the world.

The blog author of textually is on vacation until Aug 19.

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video

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The Center for Social Media has recently released a suggested code of best practice in fair use for online video.

More and more, video creation and sharing depend on the ability to use and circulate existing copyrighted work. Until now, that fact has been almost irrelevant in business and law, because broad distribution of nonprofessional video was relatively rare. Often people circulated their work within a small group of family and friends. But digital platforms make work far more public than it has ever been, and cultural habits and business models are developing. As practices spread and financial stakes are raised, the legal status of inserting copyrighted work into new work will become important for everyone.

It is important for video makers, online service providers, and content providers to understand the legal rights of makers of new culture, as policies and practices evolve. Only then will efforts to fight copyright “piracy” in the online environment be able to make necessary space for lawful, value-added uses.

Mashups, remixes, subs, and online parodies are new and refreshing online phenomena, but they partake of an ancient tradition: the recycling of old culture to make new. In spite of our romantic cliches about the anguished lone creator, the entire history of cultural production from Aeschylus through Shakespeare to Clueless has shown that all creators stand, as Isaac Newton (and so many others) put it, “on the shoulders of giants.”

New York Times Makes History Again With New Media


Syndication, Widgets, Aggregation, Social Overlay and Personalization are the new buzzwords being put into play at the Times online. Monetizing these new-media techniques is a low priority as it is for most Silicon Valley start-ups in these early years of development. 

Far beyond other old-media newspapers the Times has enough of a foothold online to give other social news aggregator sites like Readburner and Techmeme real competition.

The Age of Print Media is Over

Microsoft CEO Ballmer lets the Washington Post know how obsolete it is:


There will be no media consumption left in ten years that is not delivered over an IP network. There will be no newspapers, no magazines that are delivered in paper form. Everything gets delivered in an electronic form.


He identifies not just a change in delivery, but even more devastating to old media, in content. Search is the only game in town. And no newspaper can even compete in that areana.

Why newspapers online = fail

At the Publishing 2.0, Scott Karp has a great article what newspapers still don’t understand about the web. It’s a fantastic read!

Here’s an idea for newspaper website homepages — just a search box and a list of blogs. Seriously. Instead of putting all the web-native content and publishing in the blog ghetto, like does, why not make that the WHOLE site? (I mean seriously, having a blog section on the website is like having a section in the paper for 14 column inch stories.)

It’s like newspapers on the web as saying: here’s all the static stuff we produced for the paper — you want all of our dynamic web innovation? Oh, that’s downstairs, in the back room. Knock twice before you enter.

It’s a shame — so much marginalized value.

I bet I could stop going to the New York Times site entirely and just subscribe to all of their blog RSS feeds, and still get all the news, but in a web-native format, with data and LINKS.

CTV launches MyNews and wireless auction hits $1.8 billion

Another example of an old media player trying to act like a new media company can be found at CTV’s MyNews. It’s an attempt at citizen journalism and based on the calibre of journalism coming out of CTV I’m sure that citizens will fair much better. On their site they say:

Have you seen news happening?
Do you have a video or image(s) of something that should be seen on our CTV Newscasts?
It can be breaking news like a fire or accident or something eye-catching like a late spring storm or a celebrity sighting.
We are looking for the best in citizen journalism to enhance CTV’s own newsgathering efforts.

Wireless spectrum auction is covering the wireless spectrum auction happening in Canada. The amount the auction has raised is staggering at $1.8 billion. The auction is not exciting because as any Canadian can imagine there already is little competition over our airwaves. It looks like there won’t be a new player in town anytime soon 😦

Now in to it’s second week and 14th round of bidding, Canada’s AWS auction has hit 1.8Billion and is not showing immediate signs of slowing down. 68 licences received bids last round, actually up from the 40-50 bids of the last round. Thus far industry Canada’s decision to set aside new spectrum appears to have anything but discourage a handsome return on this auction.

The Big Switch

Geert Lovink has a review of Nicholas Carr‘s new book, The Big Switch:

The Big Switch can be summarized in one sentence: the  
shift from in-house computer systems to ‘cloud computing’.

Instead of storing applications on each individual PC, will we 
soon have everything store in central data warehouses. Such data 
centres are not entire new. What’s emerging is the enormous scale in 
which companies like Google are actively anticipating the future 
migration of (corporate) IT systems to a few global hubs.

The Big Switch poses all sorts of interesting questions for those  
activists, researchers and artists who prefer to work independently.  
Ever since we got access to the Internet, in 1993, it has been issue  
whether or not to build autonomous infrastructures, or to virtual  
hosting from somewhere, usually in the USA.


New York Times Knows the Future is Electronic

The New York Times, the largest metropolitan print newspaper in the United States, is demonstrating the impact that digital markets have had on print journalism by developing technologies that cater to niche markets (like bloggers), a generation of people who prefer digital over paper and Google mash-ups. Specifically these include: (via Scobilizer)

  • A prototype newspaper rack that could print out a custom version of the newspaper.
  • Tons of gadgets, including a cool thin book reader following a discussion of metadata that the New York Times is collecting. They have these gadgets so they can develop new ways of delivering content to those devices. In this video they announced a Mac version of the Times Reader, coming “within days.”
  • New York Times articles showing up on Google Earth while in their digital living room.
  • Will these technologies reverse circulation declines for the paper? Is print media production destined to become obsolete? Developments at The New York Times are crucial for the future of old media.

    Online advertising reaches new high

    The Interactive Advertising Bureau has released the IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report[PDF] made in partnership with PWC. For a short summary of the report check out their little announcement. I wonder how this amount money being infused into the web will impact the shape of online culture.

    Some quick facts from the report:

    For the full year 2007, revenues totaled $21.2 billion, exceeding 2006 performance by 26 %, itself the former record year.
    Q4 2007 Internet advertising revenues hit $5.9 billion, representing historic revenues for a single quarter and a 24% increase over the same period in 2006.
    This is the fourth consecutive year and 13th consecutive quarter of record results.

    Wikipedia book?

    Berlin – Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia written by volunteers, is to be published in Germany as a book for people who prefer turning pages to clicking links, publishing multinational Random House said Tuesday.

    Isn’t it then just an encyclopaedia that you have to pay for? I don’t get it.  link