Comments on: For newspapers, the future is now http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2011/01/03/the-future-for-newspapers-is-now/ Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Manic_Monkey http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2011/01/03/the-future-for-newspapers-is-now/#comment-385827 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 03:46:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=23824#comment-385827 @arcoknuti
“hey came from the print reading, television watching, radio listening time period and they have no idea what this Digital business is all about. ”

You automatically lose the argument for assuming that all terrestrial radio stations are commercial.

Considering we don’t have true net neutrality I suggest you support your local not for profit station. 😉

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By: johncabell http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2011/01/03/the-future-for-newspapers-is-now/#comment-385707 Tue, 04 Jan 2011 16:54:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=23824#comment-385707 @arcoknuti That’s an apt description of the architecture, but not of the vast majority of digital people. I know this because iTunes is a billion-dollar business, because Netflix streams are the predominant traffic in prime time and because Hulu has arrived — all in spite of pedestrian pirating and P2P networks anyone can use to get anything they want.

So, the real dynamic is that the vast majority of people are willing to pay what they think something is worth, not that they expect a free lunch.

What publishers have failed to do is to enter areas where they can win, co-opt areas where they would lose, provide an experience enough customers are willing to pay for and, most importantly, gather and sustain the correct crowd, not necessarily huge, to attract advertisers — where nearly all their money is made, not $5 subscriptions.

I think you are selling people short and misunderstanding the value of both format and content. People will pay for ease of use and for elegance (why they pay Apple premium prices). We’ll see in a year whether apps are a significant publishing platform, but I wouldn’t bet against them.

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By: arcoknuti http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2011/01/03/the-future-for-newspapers-is-now/#comment-385705 Tue, 04 Jan 2011 15:31:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=23824#comment-385705 On the net there are two kinds of users. Analog users and Digital users. Analog users are like the author of this article and most of the “big shots” on the planet today. They came from the print reading, television watching, radio listening time period and they have no idea what this Digital business is all about. Digital users have an Ethernet connection on the side of their heads and information flows into it at high speed. Analogs believe they could make money by erecting a paywall so they can charge admission to information. That is not how the flow of the internet works. When there is a blockage in the flow of information (that is what a paywall is) the net simply patches around the blockage leaving wall out of the network.

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