For those who aren’t quite sure why these media layoffs keep happening, or think “it’s the internet!” or “people don’t pay to subscribe,” there’s a lot more going on. Though that is part of that. Here’s a cliffs notes version - not exhaustive but it hits the highlights:
1. What is considered The Golden Age of Newspapers ended around the late ‘80s. Subscriptions began dropping in the ‘70s year over year, but not enough to show cracks.
This is it. You finally made it to the corner office. You're the second youngest VP in your whole company (but technically the other one got his job through nepotism, so...). You've worked super hard, made sacrifices, been ruthless, and here you are, looking out on the East River
Sure, it's Long Island City and not Manhattan, but you can't see the Chrysler building from inside the Chrysler building, you know?
As you take a moment to bask, you notice a smoke trail arc down from the sky. It's... it's fast. And it's headed for the river.
What do you do?
I’m at Davos event with Sheryl Sandberg. She was just introduced as a person who’s figured out “how to make money off of people’s data.” The crowd laughed.
Sandberg: “I think people are suspicious..” of surfacing advertising while also protecting user data. She reaffirms Facebook doesn’t sell your data “no matter how many times it’s written.”
Later adds that Fb has been bad at explaining its business model.
This website is a nightmare this week from all the targeted harassment campaigns coordinated off-site, and unchecked by these platforms. It has made me profoundly sad, and it's extremely hard to deal with.
I wrote about it once and probably won't again.https://t.co/J2bjFPVe2A
We know it's targeted bullshit from 4chan, Mercer babies, Pewdiepie teenz, and other people who have the time to post racial slurs at you all day in your mentions.
But the capacity for a brain to process that in real-time is just not possible in the torrential downpour of hate.
Circulation levels continue to drop, and the trend accelerated in the early part of last decade. With less readership and huge debt service commitments, it became a vicious spiral that required more cuts to meet debt goals and satisfy shareholders who were used to big profits.
And less quality meant less people found value in the product, and so they subscribed less. This is what Phil Meyer famously called the Death Spiral. Newspapers ate their own seed corn during bumper crop days and then had no resources when it got tough.
According to Accenture we now need to build an #InternetofTrust, because the old one we grew up with is fundamentally broken.
Dude, it's never been unbroken. Let me explain... pic.twitter.com/hjAAcOi6PQ
The internet is huge, and ever since its creation people have been trying to hack it. It's not very secure, a lot of its infrastructure is old and we're all pretty careless on security: fertile ground for mischief, or worse... pic.twitter.com/uXjZjjSVj5
Hey Twitter! Exactly a year ago I had a total abdominal hysterectomy with a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. That means a removal of the uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. The whole sink!
The good news: I don't have endometrial cancer right now!
The meh news: Menopause is a beast! Being a cancer survivor is hard in its own ways.
We’ve noticed an uptick in posts about Instagram limiting the reach of your photos to 7% of your followers, and would love to clear this up.
What shows up first in your feed is determined by what posts and accounts you engage with the most, as well as other contributing factors such as the timeliness of posts, how often you use Instagram, how many people you follow, etc.
Hey #gamedev - let's play a game, shall we? If you work in any role in games, especially any special skills role, reply to this tweet by posting a bunch of questions you usually try to answer throughout your day and projects.
I'm a game designer, so I'll start:
What do players do second-to-second, minute-to-minute and hour-to-hour?
How will they control the game?
What is the overall theme of the game?
How do systems and dynamics plug into one another?
What synergy do my systems exhibit?
Can players jump, swim, fly, make choices?
Good morning friends! The list going around on twitter at the moment where people tag women in games that inspire them has rendered my mentions unusable - apologies for not replying to your tags, I can’t keep up. So here’s a selfie and me saying thank you for thinking of me. pic.twitter.com/SiPytrzsWF
As long as I'm riffing on the difficulty of podcast discovery, I thought I'd post some recommendations, sorted by the very scientific algorithm "My eclectic interests optimized for things you probably wouldn't have been recommended before."
Here we go:
Real estate investing, mostly for smaller landlords as opposed to e.g. commercial REITs. Lots of storytelling and scrappy entrepreneurship.
Tech listeners will enjoy tales of folks cobbling systems together w/o software + get SaaS ideas.
Great thread about what has been happening in media. If I can, I’ll add a few digital-specific notes https://t.co/Qx7SPje85Z
There was a naive hope that digital ad dollars would not just replace the print ad margins, but exceed them. As Jeremy states, the money is there, hut is distributed across way more channels and rarely directly to publications
Govs around the world, including China & Russia, but also US and allies, conduct "supply chain attacks", where they insert hardware implants into servers and routers before they get shipped to surveillance targets, according to Snowden documents https://t.co/UawDATQehE
Here's a reminder that MLK Jr was not your precious Civil Rights Jesus™. That his politics were & still are radical & that their scope surpassed *integration* & took shots at the states' horrid treatment of veterans, poor folx here (abroad) & and the idea of "US Hegemony" pic.twitter.com/ngAdguClnD
MLK The Civil Rights Teddy Bear 🐻™ that your mamaw and papaw told you about in your youth is a lie. So it would beseech you to refrain quoting the same three damn quotes about "love driving out hate" and "loving your enemies". pic.twitter.com/X0X7r1gCJI
Hey folks! Podcast advice!
I'm working on PR for my book CODERS (https://t.co/AoGnhiqNny)
What are your fave podcasts that touch on tech, culture, politics -- or the delicious venn overlap of ALL THREE?
I want to get copies out to the smartest podcasters on the planet
Oluseyi Sonaiya @OluseyiSonaiya
Expect several recommendations for @exponentfm.
What did the Snowden archive tell us about the threat of supply chain attacks? That is, bugs planted in products & later used against surveillance targets? It’s .. complicated, but also a very real concern: https://t.co/9MoicoVTc5
The challenge with browsers and extensions is the same problem with pretty much all software: economics. Software isn't free, and developing it costs time and often money.
Browsers themselves have a money spigot: Search engine revenue ($110M USD per % of marketshare, if Firefox's numbers are any guide).