We don’t need paid professionals to do retweeting for us. They’re slicing up the attention pie thinner and thinner, giving us retreaded rehashes of warmed over news, all hoping for a bit of attention because the issue is trending. We can leave that to the unpaid, I think.
The hard part of professional journalism going forward is writing about what hasn’t been written about, directing attention where it hasn’t been, and saying something new.
— Seth Godin, entrepreneur, marketer, author and public speaker. (via Danny McCall)
Whatever happened to that trusted network of friends?
It may still exist, but you might not see on the surface as intimacy and privacy are the ascendancy, Rubel says.
He looks to startups like Instagram for clues. Do you find yourself gravitating toward “intimate social networks” as opposed to Facebook and the like? Do you have social media overload? I find myself increasing missing things I wanted to know or read in the windy storm of Social Media.
“My friends keep talking to me about how they want to start a Web site, but they need to get some backing, and I look at them and ask them what they are waiting for. All it takes is some WordPress and a lot of typing. Sure, I went broke trying to start it, it trashed my life and I work all the time, but other than that, it wasn’t that hard to figure out.”
— Choire Sicha of The Awl in David Carr’s Nwe York Times piece.
I’d like to think of journalism as the “immune system,” not the “the press.”
He also some thoughts on the business model in the video, seeing a future in membership and philanthropy models, which he says will be stronger than advertising-centric models. He predicts NPR will be a dominant player in media by 2020.
Newmark may be right, but I don’t see that happening except for a few media organizations. NPR and PBS are certainly among those. The news business, by my guess, will remain by and large a business with advertising the key revenue driver and dominated by companies that provide economic value (a healthy return on investment) to their owners. But it’s interesting to think about how the media environment envisioned by Newmark would work.