Monday, October 31, 2005

"Most people think money is the key to reducing risk. Preparation is." Mark Cuban

Dave Weinberger has offered up what may well be the all inclusive disclosure list, check it out here

Nathaniel Daw mashed up Plato's Republic with cuts from Quentin Tarantino's work, a fun read here (via Corey Doctorow)

Infinity has - no doubt inspired by Target's New Yorker buy - purchased all of the ad pages in Ad Age. Joseph Jaffe thinks the creative is somewhat less than effective. Read his post "Infinity lives up to its name - endless clutter and endless crap" here. Odd that the buy did not include the Ad Age Daily email, noticed CFO had the banner ad this morning. Hey David the Crain tribe owes you and Joel a make good. I must respectfully disagree with Joseph being informed by perspective - Infinity has come a long way in a short time. Great to see that Joel is making things happen on his watch. Bravo to the Infinity gang!

While in New York earlier this month I heard Howard and...he was sounding great, never better.

Truth be known creating and sustaining a great radio show is hard work. Creating and sustaining a great morning show is an act that requires the players to suspend the laws of nature, to engage in a daily recreation filled with traps and Mr Murphy always around the next corner laying in wait to potentially trash the performance. The biggest single challenge facing most every great radio program...keeping the crack management team away, removed from the process. Nothing kills creative endeavors with more efficiency than management out of their depth and insisting on providing "input" when their only credential is title. Great managers are worth whatever it takes to keep them, they inspire great performance.

Who's your daddy? A Blog family tree is now in progress, check it out here, good work from the commissar at acepilots. Robot Wisdom was the first blog I recall. The first broadcast person "on line" was Bob Hamilton back in the day of 300 baud

Terry Heaton delivers the mail...

While I agree with John that there are individuals within the mainstream trying to innovate, I just cannot believe that real change will come from within. This is not some wild belief that I carry; it's based on my day-to-day experience in dealing with people in media companies, especially those in high places. The essential problem is that there just isn't time for the "story as old as business itself." We cannot play "business as usual" in the face of these types of disruptive technologies.

The constant anthem expressed in this blog is that collapse will come upon the mainstream like a thief in the night and that one day soon, these same high placed executives will wake up and everything will be gone. You may think I'm overstating that (because, after all, they're still making a lot of money), and that's fine. I think what's happening in our culture is far bigger than most people realize and that our economy is a lot weaker than most suspect. I would love to be proven wrong.

I have been guilty of flaming the fires that separate, and I accept any criticism that comes along about that. In real life, I'm much more into bringing people together than in dividing people. The anger and passion expressed here isn't intended to be personal. But mass media is dying, and I have a lot of friends embedded in the bowels of the ship who deserve a seat on the lifeboats. Every day that goes by in which legacy media companies refuse to invest time, energy and resources into new business models is another day with the lifeboats firmly attached.

So while some mainstream writers take potshots at bloggers (e.g. Forbes), and bloggers bite back with their own brand of condescension, the collision course with the iceberg remains locked into the ship's steering mechanism.

Perhaps the real enmity is between those with eyes to see this and those without, regardless of their position in the media world. This, I think, is what's being expressed by Rafat, Jarvis and others when they lament the lack of passion for change in the agendas of conferences such as the ONA.

Well said Terry. Read his entire writing here

Today's best waste of bandwidth? Put Albert Einstein to work at a blackboard, check it out here