Tumblr Now More Like Twitter Than Blogging Platform

Tumblr becoming like Twitter?--

With Today’s Update, Tumblr Starts To Look More Like A Fully Featured Twitter Than Blogging Platform | TechCrunch: "Today, despite its “blogging” roots, Tumblr’s community reflects media and links, more so than words, however. If anything, Tumblr is the go-to place for sharing amazing photos, memes, and it has even helped propel our newfound love of gifs back into the mainstream consciousness. These changes, though seemingly minor, better reflect the platform Tumblr has become and is becoming – a site that’s more social network than it is blogging platform. A site that caters to the younger, social sharing crowd, rather than those who grew up with blogging screens that themselves felt like stripped down versions of Word. Instead, these new posting screens are for those who grew up on Google Docs, Twitter and Facebook. Tumblr says the changes are meant to make the Dashboard a single experience. “Now you’re making posts the same way you’re reading them,” a company rep told us. That being said, not everyone will be happy with the updates. The posting window has, in some cases, simplified the number of options available to users. For example, no longer does the photo posting page offer a variety of layouts to choose from. (Tumblr says you can drag them around, however). . . "

Print Media vs Digital Media

Print media vs Digital Media--an interesting take below:

Print Media: Residential Education / Digital Media : Online Education | Inside Higher Ed: "For years we have been print Newsweek subscribers. Now that Newsweek has abandoned print and gone to all digital I have abandoned Newsweek. Even with a "carryover" subscription (free online until my subscription runs out), I will not read Newsweek online. Why? Because I can get general news much faster and easier from Google News. Because general online news is a commodity. Perhaps my continued print subscribing to Newsweek was a holdover, but I enjoyed the experience of reading the magazine on glossy paper. I like reading my print magazines from front to back. Sharing stories with my wife by carrying the magazine to the couch where she is sitting. Watching my kids carry the magazine around, and in years past occasionally turn the pictures into school posters. What media do I participate in online? The key word here is "participate". I participate in InsideHigherEd because the community (you) is at least as important as the content. The discussions around the articles and blogs are one-half of the value equation. This sort of participatory media requires specialization. A community of practice. I go to InsideHigherEd for all things higher ed. Specialized news and an informed and active community. Perfect for online. I'll keep subscribing to the paper version of the Economist. The Economist is a premium brand, a reliably high quality experience. The Economist is media which I consume, rather than interact with, and the high cost of the print subscription is justified by the high fidelity of the reading experience. . . ."

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Facebook and Google are Better Positioned than Traditional Media

Facebook and Google are Better Positioned than Traditional Media...and How Traditional Media Can Fight Back - Forbes: " . . . Traditional media companies are challenged by what constitutes premium content. Historically, premium “curated” content was slick, glossy, and professionally created, and that is what was pushed to consumers. But that model doesn’t work anymore. Now, with advances in digital photography, the availability of how-to instruction, and content distribution, consumers are content creators. And, apparently the popularity of sites where consumers post their own created content is trumping that of traditional media sites. It seems that today, coveted content is really that which is personalized, passionate, and shared with those with similar interests. Their second problem is advertising dollars follow consumers who follow content. As publishers continue the painful shift of their business away from print media to digital media, they are not only competing in the digital space with each other for ad dollars, but also with the most sophisticated technology companies in the world, namely Facebook and Google…and it is not a fair fight. These tech giants can offer advertisers something traditional media companies cannot – real-time information and data on individuals engaging around content (Facebook with social, Google with search). . . . At least for the time being, Facebook and Google appear well positioned to engage their users, and to provide transparency and efficiency for brand advertisers. . . "

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Why We Are Not At The Biggest Tech Show In The World

Technology has changed; Journalism has changed--

Why We're Not At The Biggest Tech Show In The World: " . . . The decline and fall of CES as the world's premiere stage for new technology is no tragedy. Consumer technology has simply outgrown CES, which was an exclusive club of buyers and sellers and journalists. The forces that have obliterated "electronics" and the "gadget" as the atomic unit of consumer technology, and rendered the trade show obsolete as the sole mechanism for launching them into the world, are the same ones that have made technology more powerful and accessible and human than ever before. If anything, we should be dancing on its grave."

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Britain's first centre for book arts

Book as artifact--

New chapter opens with Britain's first centre for book arts | Art and design | The Guardian: " . . . Simon Goode, on the other hand, roamed the country to explore the joys of papermaking, typesetting and bookbinding. "The trip was like a holy grail," he said, rhapsodising over three months travelling from New York to Los Angeles on a mission that has helped result in Britain's first ever centre for a craft that is in danger of disappearing: book arts. That term may be a mystery to some. . . Essentially, it is creating art in book form. "Then you've got the question, what is a book?" he added. "My experiences define it as using traditional techniques, like bookbinding and letterpress making – but not wholly, and not exclusively – for artists to produce their own works." . . . Richard Long, David Hockney and Ed Ruscha, whose first artist's book was Twenty-Six Gasoline Stations, which featured 26 photographs . . . In the UK, the largest number of artists' books is held by the V&A, while Tate has about 5,500. It could be said that book arts have been around since medieval illuminated manuscripts, but the craft as we know it emerged from the French tradition of the livres d'artistes, or livres de peinture, around the turn of the 20th century. Since then there have been futurist artists' books, surrealist artists' books, conceptual artists' books and more. . .  in the US, where the first book arts centre opened in New York 38 years ago, with others following in cities such as Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Goode said his trip to the US "visiting these incredible institutions" was a complete eye-opener and that it was these experiences which led him to create the London Centre for Book Arts in a 365-square metre space in Fish Island, Hackney, which has been funded by membership fees and benefactors. The centre will offer classes and workshops for both beginners in search of a hobby and professionals who just cannot easily access the specialist equipment needed to create their own artists' books. . . ."

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Super Blogs will take over?

2013 Media predictions--

2013 Media Predictions - Forbes:  ". . . . The ‘Super Blog’ will take over - As the digital era gave rise to technology and platforms that allow the average consumer to do anything from producing Web content to creating widely read digital publications, the publishing industry gave birth to countless niche sites that focus on everything from fitness to design. Given the ease of content distribution, some of these “super blogs” have been adding users at high rates and establishing themselves as authorities on their respective topics. Even major publications have been launching niche blogs under their umbrella to cater to specific topics, showcase particular writers, or keep their readers continuously updated on the latest news. Others, such as AOL, which now owns TechCrunch and Engadget, and Gawker, owner of Gizmodo, Jezebel and Lifehacker, have been simply acquiring high-traffic blogs as they build up their publishing portfolios. As digital publications and super blogs get smarter and begin to tap into online and mobile advertising, it will become a major revenue stream for the top players worldwide. In the past year alone, newspapers have lost $13 in print revenue for every dollar earned in digital revenue. However, the future is bright in digital. There’s been a 60 percent increase in digital ad sales in newspapers and magazines and a burst from $76 million to an impressive $100 million is expected in 2013. Naturally, these super blogs, along with their highly focused audiences, will become major destinations for online ad dollars in 2013."

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Music industry dropped DRM yet it persists on e-books

The music industry dropped DRM years ago. So why does it persist on e-books? | Ars Technica: ". . . “When iTunes was introduced no one was thinking: ‘When I buy this, can I cut it up into ringtones?’” Higgins added. “They weren't thinking, ‘Can I set this to a rhythm game and play fake guitar to this?’ Because people love music, there's avenues for that remix. With books, especially with e-books, books as codecs aren't a very remixable form. People don't really know to do anything with them except start at the beginning and read to the end.” He added that it may take awhile before authors and other developers come up with new applications that can take advantage of an open, DRM-less e-book. . . ."

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Power and the Pareto Principle

Why power has two meanings on the internet | Technology | The Observer: "Back in 1906, an Italian engineer turned economist named Vilfredo Pareto made a startling discovery: 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population. He studied land ownership patterns in a number of other countries and found that the same ratio applied. He also found that the ratio seemed to apply in other contexts . . . in many areas of life there is no such thing as a typical or average case. . . populations of cities, the sizes of earthquakes, moon craters and solar flares – to take just four examples – are not normally distributed. Nor are the sizes of computer files, the frequencies of words in books, the number of papers written by scientists, hits on web pages, inbound links on websites, sales of books and records or people's annual incomes. In fact, the more you look at it, the rarer does the normal distribution seem. In its place, we see the distribution of which Pareto's Principle is a special example: a small number of people/sites/words/etc account for most of the action, with a "long tail" getting very little of it. Thus, instead of most websites having an "average" number of inbound links, a very small number of sites (the Googles, Facebooks and Amazons of this world) have colossal numbers of links, while millions of sites have to make do with only a few. Mathematicians call this kind of pattern a "power law" distribution – using the term power in its mathematical sense – which is deliciously ironic given that a power law distribution actually describes a situation where a select few have most of the available goodies while the majority has almost none. . . . Everywhere you look on the internet, you find power laws . . . while there are millions of blogs out there, a relatively small number of them attract most of the readership. . . . With the relentless consolidation of mass-media ownership into the hands of giant conglomerates, that public sphere had been steadily shrinking in the postwar era, with worrying implications for liberal democracy. It seemed a racing certainty that a technology that enabled anyone to become a global publisher without having to kow-tow to editorial "gatekeepers" would change things for the better. Fifteen years on, there are still grounds for optimism, but only if we can find a way of overcoming the tyranny of power laws."

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Andrew Sullivan Taking The Daily Dish Independent

Andrew Sullivan Leaving Daily Beast to Start Subscription Web Site - NYTimes.com: " . .  . on Feb. 1, he plans to charge readers $19.99 a year or whatever they might want to pay to subscribe to his site. He said that he spent the last dozen years blogging and trying to figure out how to make his venture profitable. He tried pledge drives for six years and then shifted to partnering with larger institutions like the Atlantic and the Daily Beast. He said he decided to make this change now since his contract with the Daily Beast was finished at the end of 2012. “. . . Sullivan is starting his new company, Dish Publishing LLC, with his two colleagues and executive editors, Patrick Appel and Chris Bodenner. . . site will shift to his old address, www.andrewsullivan.com. . . . the Dish is going to stay in New York City, where he and his two business partners are based, “for the foreseeable future.” He added, “We need to be together as a group.” In his announcement, he wrote that the new venture had decided not to depend on advertising for revenue . . . advertisers also require too much effort for a small company. “We’re increasingly struck how advertising is dominated online by huge entities, and how compromising and time-consuming it could be for so few of us to try and lure big corporations to support us,” he wrote."

What It Means That Andrew Sullivan Is Taking The Daily Dish Independent | ThinkProgress: " . . . Some products that have been prestige for the entire run of their existence, like The New Yorker, will be able to flourish in their walled gardens without ever venturing out into a more open marketplace. Others, that have both passionate and casual readers, and perform the services both of delivering basic news information and offering up longer, more proprietary analysis, like the New York Times and the Dish will do well with metered models. Projects like ThinkProgress and Pro Publica, . . . will successfully justify their necessity to a variety of non-profit funders. . . . publications and content distributors would do better to know the fundamental nature of their business, and to choose a revenue support model based on that. The success or failure of the Daily Dish’s meter model will tell us something about what kind of support a site with that sort of brand, longevity, and audience can expect to muster. . . ."

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Tumblr, David Karp, 2013 - China, Apple, Copyright

Tumblr: David Karp's $800 Million Art Project - Forbes: "Tumblr is growing up and, as anyone with a baby or a mortgage can tell you, that means expensive complications. “I really like David, but he’s got a brutal year ahead,” says Gawker Media owner Nick Denton. “The pressure on Internet media companies to deliver revenues is going way, way up.” Karp, who once showed disdain for advertising, finally allowed ads on Tumblr last May. The company finished 2012 with $13 million in revenue; the hope in this “leap” year is that it’ll get to $100 million."

Tumblr's David Karp: Why I Love New York - Forbes: "As far as our ability to build an audience, New York is truly the most creative city in the world; that is so much of what Tumblr is: a media network, a home for tens of millions of creators."

Chinese Court Hits Apple in Copyright Dispute - WSJ.com: "A Beijing court ordered Apple Inc. to pay 1.03 million yuan, or about $165,000, to a group of local writers who said the U.S. gadget maker sold unlicensed copies of their books online, according to state media. The state-run Xinhua news agency said Thursday that the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court ordered Apple to pay the money to eight Chinese writers and two companies for violating their copyrights. Attorneys for the writers had argued that software available from Apple's app store contained unlicensed digital copies of their books. The group originally asked for 10 million yuan in damages, according to Xinhua."

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French magazine to publish new round of Mohammed cartoons

Muhammad cartoons: French magazine to publish illustrated prophet biography
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The French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which sparked controversy and legal complaints after publishing cartoons of Muhammad, will this week release a special edition illustrated biography of the Muslim prophet. Its editor, St├ęphane Charbonnier ...

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French magazine to publish new round of Mohammed cartoons - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper: " . . . "If people want to be shocked, they will be shocked," said Charlie Hebdo editor, Stephane Charbonnier, on Sunday, according to the AFP news agency. The front cover of the magazine that hit newsstands in September showed an Orthodox Jew pushing a turbaned figure in a wheelchair with several caricatures of the Prophet on its inside pages, including some of him naked. The front page cartoon had the wheelchair-bound figure saying "You mustn't mock" under the headline "Untouchable 2", a reference to a hugely popular French movie about a paralyzed rich white man and his black assistant. . . French embassies and schools were closed in 20 countries following the publication cartoon. Charlie Hebdo's Paris offices were fire bombed last November after it published a mocking caricature of Mohammad. In 2005, Danish cartoons of the Prophet sparked a wave of violent protests across the Muslim world that killed at least 50 people."

Kim Dotcom press conference like no other on January 20th

Wonder if the "Hollywood types" will attend or their "partners in crime"?--

Kim Dotcom promises a “press conference like no other” for the relaunch of Mega - The Next Web: "Kim Dotcom, everyone’s favorite larger-than-life Internet entrepreneur and New Zealand-based enemy of the US government, is back to teasing us on Twitter. This time he’s promising that the upcoming relaunch of his Mega file storage and sharing service will be “a press conference like no other”. Dotcom took to Twitter to hype up the January 20 launch of Mega, which will take place at Dotcom’s mansion and is now open for media registration. . . . It remains to be seen what the US Department of Justice thinks of the site relaunch, which is scheduled to go live exactly one year after Dotcom’s mansion was raided by police. Dotcom’s extradition trial has been put back to March 2013 following a series of bungles and errors from police in both countries."

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Pearson Invests In Microsoft-Barnes & Noble JV NOOK Media

Old media trying--

Pearson Invests In Microsoft-Barnes & Noble JV NOOK Media: ". . . The strategic investment deal will see Pearson gain a 5 percent stake in the new firm, which operates all of Barnes & Noble’s digital businesses, including its NOOK e-reader and tablets, digital bookstore and its 674 college bookstores across America. . . . What you won’t find in the press release announcing the Pearson investment, but will find in the related 8-K document filed with the SEC today: Barnes & Noble expects holiday 2012 sales results to come in below expectations, and that the Nook business “will not meet the company’s prior projection for FY [Fiscal Year] 2013.”. . . When the Pearson transaction closes, Barnes & Noble will own approximately 78.2 percent of NOOK Media, while Microsoft will own approximately 16.8 percent. . . . Pearson’s business can be split into three main groups: Education, which includes the company’s digital learning and education publishing offerings, Financial Times Group and consumer publishing unit Penguin Group. . . also . . . a 50% stake in the Economist Group."

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Murdoch iPad daily failure analysis

Analysis worth reading--

Murdoch iPad daily failure a lesson for digital news - FRANCE 24: "Analysts said that relying on the Apple platform turned out to be a mistake. "This was a segment of a segment of a market," said Lieb. Jeff Sonderman, a digital media specialist at the Poynter Institute, said this is one of the lessons to learn from The Daily's demise. "Being the first-of-a-kind is as dangerous as it is exciting in the technology world. With few or no prior examples to learn from, you're left to try stuff and learn the hard way," he said in a blog post. "Research has since shown that tablet owners are 'digital omnivores' who consume media seamlessly across tablets, smartphones, PCs and print publications. To serve them news on only one platform is not satisfying."
Dan Kennedy, a Northeastern University journalism professor, said the reasons for the failure are now obvious. "It seems to me that in some respects The Daily was dead on arrival," Kennedy aid. "It had the disadvantages of a daily newspaper -- it was published once a day rather than continuously, and it was not well integrated with the broader Web -- without the advantage of the convenience that print still offers... A noble experiment, perhaps, but one for which few people held out much hope even when it launched." . . . "If you have a very strong brand name recognition and exclusive content that is available nowhere else, you can charge a subscription fee," she said. "If you publish news you can get anywhere you really can't charge for that, no matter how well it's packaged.". . .

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