After the WBUR social media gathering.
Wahyd on the left via Nick, middle and Eric Guerin Owner, SmartMarket Movie.
The WBUR Social Media Group (SMG); a potential must-attend rendez-vous in Boston.
WBUR-SMG has the potential to become the rendez-vous of reference for all interested in social media in the Boston area. On Thursday 30Th of October, the second SMG in the series took place; currently the plan is to turn it into a monthly event
The event featured two discussion groups. One centered around the potential hype surrounding web 2.0 and whether there are ways to balance healthy skepticism while “mining” the web’s potential.
Click here to view a video of this particular discussion.
As founder of “Manifest” a print-on-demand web magazine, I joined the discussion titled Journalism in a 2.0 World lead by Robin Lubbock of WBUR and Dan Kennedy professor of Journalism at Northeastern University.
Take away points:
– Squeezed from the top and the bottom.
Established media companies such as regional newspapers are being squeezed from the top and from the bottom. At the top, are heavy-weight news providers such as the BBC, CNN, the AP who have the resources to cover events worldwide. At the bottom, are local entrepreneurs who provide hyper-localized content. CCTV in Cambridge, MA for instance or MSG150.com which reviews restaurant in a 12 block area of Seattle. David Boeri of Radio Boston, noted that in Cambridge, MA, there are more subscribers of the New York Times than there are of the Boston Globe.
– Avoiding the fate of the music industry.
Owners and employees alike have vowed to avoid the fate of the music industry. In short, a combination of complacency and late, uncoordinated reactions have put that industry in a precarious financial and negotiating position. How different things would look today if the music industry had wholeheartedly embraced the web and launched its own user-friendly, digital distribution platforms.
Likewise, newspaper-owners are scrambling to find the model which will help them leverage the internet and social media in particular, into a long-term revenue model.
– Getting out of the current paradigm.
Like the music industry however, it may be difficult for newspaper executives to move outside the current paradigm which is built upon such potentially obsolete notions as copyright, predictable revenue stream, few or no competitors and a general gatekeeper status.
– News snacking.
Furthermore, the way people and youngsters in particular consume their news is being characterized as news-snacking. In short, news is gathered from a variety of sources, in short amounts but throughout the day. Mobile access to news only exacerbates this balkanization effect.
This is only a short summary of what has been discussed. I look forward to SMG becoming a regular event at WBUR.
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publishing a paper edition, the editorial acquired increased pertinence.
Imagine the following situation: you are in Kathmandu, Nepal. You haven’t read the newspapers in a while.
Amid the tumult of rush-hour, you discern a shack. It is well supplied with spices, plastic-ware and talismans. It also advertises printing-on-demand services.
Although besieged by equally busy and boisterous customers, the owner hands you a list of publications organised by country, language and subject-matter. Each, are priced by the number of pages to be printed.
Among them you will hopefully order a copy of “Manifest”.
This is what “Manifest” believes the future of publishing will be like. You, the ultimate user, will chose how best to engage with your favourite publications. These will only be printed, if you want to have them on paper, whether because your eyes are too tired or the screen is too small or because you just feel like it.
Right now, the publishing business wastes a lot of money and is less than environmentally friendly.
Consider for instance, the stacks of newspapers sitting outside a news-agent waiting to be returned to their warehouse. What waste it is to have to print (using ink) millions of newspapers and magazines each day, transport them to tens of millions of purchase points (energy waste), transport them back (more waste), and eventually dispose of them.
This is why “Manifest” is formated the way it is: so that you may be able to chose how you wish to interact with it.
The technology is now available to rid ourselves from the existing inefficient distribution channels
“Manifest” uses a MacBook computer and a software called “Pages” for creation and layout. The internet permits distribution and printers can turn pixels into paper.
Furthermore, the technology already exists to customise commercial messages in this or any other publication depending on where you download them.
In the previous example, the reader may well be interested in knowing where closest trekking boots can be bought in Kathmandu.
Download “Manifest” in Heathrow airport, and you might get a 15% discount at the Suchi bar or a better currency exchange rates.
This model is closer to being branded as “sustainable” than the current one. Not only do you get more flexibility and more pertinence at close to “zero” cost but the inefficiencies of heavy-industry and irrational distribution are removed.
This is a short list of websites which broadcast TV shows. However, with just these, you might realise that you do not need cable television after all.
Livestation: a free stand-alone player which will allow you to hundreds of news channels and radio channels. Among others are: CBC, RAI NEWS, FRANCE 24, CSPAN, ITV, RUSSIA TODAY.
Series and Films
www.hulu.com: For a comprehensive serving of current television shows.
The Simpsons, Lost, Family Guy, Saturday Night Live etc…
Planet of the Apes, Fever Pitch, The Madness of King George.
Click here for the alphabetical list.
www.justin.tv: this website points to live sports events.
In general, visit the website of the channel which broadcasts your show.
Here is what working at Pandora looks like.
I guess the person on the left is “employee of the month” given that he has the only portable personal A/C system.