Both the motion picture industry and publishing industry have been scrambling to go mobile*. Mobile, they believe, will save the world. And I think they’re partially right. Mobile will be one of the possible choices viewers have — but it can’t and won’t be the only option. If Medialoper has a religion, it is the doctrine of choice.
I’ve been following the Los Angeles Times series on today’s kids and their attitudes toward new media with more avidity than most — it is, after all, my job. And I’m not surprised to learn the two key reasons for slow adoption of the cell phone motion picture experience:
Posted by Jim Connelly in Copyright, Games, Marketing, Mediacratic, Music, Piracy, Publishing, Reviews, Services, Television, The Long Tail on Aug 07, 2006
Wanna know the philsophical underpinnings of some of our posts here at Medialoper? (I’ll pretend you said “yes.”) The following books have helped me work out some of the concepts that infuse nearly everything that I write about what we are calling the “new media.”
Here they are, alphabetical by author:
After a delightful weekend away from the keyboard, I’d planned to return, refreshed and ready to talk about something other than publishing. But even as I was shopping and cooking and pretending to clean, something kept nagging at me. It became more insistent as I parked myself in my the backyard yesterday, book in hand.
When it comes to new media, it’s not paper-versus-bytes argument. For those who have a “passion for paper”, as Inside Higher Ed’s Alex Golub does, there is no issue. Except that of the cost of paper increasing while the cost of bytes decreases, but I think we’ll still be at the very affordable level for the foreseeable future.
Despite the fact that it’s had ten years to prepare, the publishing industry doesn’t have a new media plan. To suggest that the rapid changes appear to be blind-siding the industry might be harsh, but, yeah, it looks like someone got caught with their strategy down. As the world is changing — for proof, oh publishers, talk to your younger editorial staff — the industry remains mired in Old Ways.
For an example of what happens to an industry that refuses to acknowledge external change, please see the annals of music history, particularly the chapters on Napster and Kazaa.
Things change. We all know that. And sometimes even good changes — the increasing digitalization of our culture; the ability of the Internet to distribute content on demand — have sad, if inevitable consequences.
Here’s one: Cody’s Bookstore on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley is closing.