Wikileaks, higher revenue and faffing around
We look around the rest of the internet for media news and comment that you might have missed. This week, we include the phrase "onanistic practices".
We're in the money! Hurray! Well, except if we're in the print and publishing game. PaidContent reports ZenithOptimedia's forecasts that TV will be up 19%, and radio will be up 10% by 2013. Newspapers and magazines? Down by 2%. (You can argue whether this is true in the comments, of course).
Newspapers can still be profitable. Why else would Richard Desmond have offered £1bn to Rupert Murdoch for News International? The Dirty Digger told Desmond that he didn't want to sell, says Roy Greenslade; we suspect he was slightly less polite.
One of the reasons why radio's commercial future is bright is a relaxation of the rules on product placement. Want to hear how it sounds? Steve Martin's Earshot podcast gives you a glimpse into the future. (Watch out for the next Earshot podcast, by the way, one of the guests is Media UK's James Cridland - hey, that's me) Meanwhile, the future of radio takes another step with personaliseable broadcast radio, according to the RAIN newsletter.
Harker Research wonders can we call internet radio 'mainstream' yet? We'll save you the read - their (US-centric) research says "no, not really". Is it a reliable replacement for broadcast? Gunnar Garfors gives eight reasons why it isn't.
And television? It's all about faffing around, says magazine man David Hepworth, after a recent interview.
If you like decent news reporting, you're in trouble - media consultant Fred Jacobs reports on the "Apple have banned radio apps" non-story, criticising the reporting he's seen on it: The Internet has ushered in an era of copy and paste, he says. Or, of course, complete non-stories, like this waste of electrons highlighted in consumer website Bitterwallet. "The last line leaves you wondering whether the reporter is genuinely an idiot or simply amusing themselves as a break from..." they start by saying, before discussing some kind of onanistic practice that said journalist could have been otherwise engaged on.
Wikileaks has captivated the blogosphere this week. Academic and journalist John Naughton brings his intelligent analysis on the attacks on Wikileaks; Nelson Minar, a Google engineer, writes in his personal blog that the hysteria surrounding the leaks is downright un-American; Dave Winer points out that the only way to shut this down is to shut down the internet itself.
Media commentator Jeff Jarvis, mentioning on Mastercard and VISA's decision to stop processing payments for Wikileaks, points out that porn and racism is fine, but transparency and the first amendment apparently isn't; and Dan Gillmor asks a few sensible questions, like "How secret are diplomatic cables when 3 million people have access to them?" - good point, well made.
James Cridland is the Managing Director of Media UK, and a radio futurologist: a consultant, writer and public speaker who concentrates on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business.
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