In 2009, more men are putting an emphasis on stability and security in their job and are looking for a girlfriend as a potential wife, according to the annual Great Male Survey by askmen.comBut how are women fairing in comparison?Yahoo! Shine asked 19,000 women in the Great Female Survey and found that more women see their career on hold. Fifty-six percent stated that any upward movement in their career is cut off because of the economic crisis while only 24 percent of men saw the same problem.Asked how their unemployment status had changed recently, 28 percent of women said they had to take a pay cut, pay freeze or lost their job altogether – 10 percent more than their male counterparts.Looking ahead, women were split on wether the worst of the crisis was behind them, whereas every second man thought it would get better from here on out.
“Orwell fans, lock your doors,” was the reaction from Amazon user Caffeine Queen after she and others had received notice from Amazon last Friday that their e-book versions of “1984” and “Animal Farm” had been removed from their Kindle device.Amazon explained later that these electronic versions were distributed illegally and that customers were refunded.Amazon’s decision to remotely delete the e-books not only infuriated customers, it sparked a debate on digital ownership.Richard Waters of the Financial Times argues that this episode questions the future of ownership in an electronic age:
“New internet media platforms like this raise a dilemma. Their owners have the power to control information on the client. So if they have a legal responsibility to remove data from their systems – say, after receiving a take-down notice under the DMCA – failing to expunge it may expose them to liability.”
Melissa J. Perenson of PC World asks if you can still call it “owning”:
If, in this digital realm, we’re not truly purchasing content, but rather “borrowing” it at a set price, and according to someone else’s changing rulebook, we as consumers we deserve to know this up front, in clear and obvious language (unlike Amazon’s clear references to “buying” books, and all the assumptions of ownership that go with buying books). If the rules have changed on us, we deserve to know.
On Tuesday, a panel hosted by Reuters and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers discussed the state of the media industry and the challenges it faces from consumers demanding information in new and different ways.How could the industry transform its newsrooms to thrive in this culture?Chrystia Freeland of the Financial Times said the key discipline was to constantly ask what the reader actually wants and not what is technologically possible. “This is going to be different for everyone,” Freeland told the crowd, which included Thomson Reuters Editor-in-Chief David Schlesinger.For the full discussion, watch the video below.The panel includedChrystia Freeland, US managing editor, Financial TimesLarry Ingrassia, business editor, The New York TimesSree Sreenivasan, dean of student affairs & new media professor, Columbia Journalism SchoolLaurel Touby, founder & CEO, Mediabistro.comModerated byBetty Wong, global managing editor, Reuters