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The Economics of Media Blabbery

Speaking of Rafat Ali, here is a video of a panel I did at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Calif., on April 26 at paidContent.org’s conference, “The Economics of Social Media.”

Our session covered how mainstream media looks at the explosion of social media, but really was about the woes of the traditional news business and what to do about them.

The panelists included: Vivian Schiller, who runs NYTimes.com; Topix.net CEO Rich Skrenta; NPR CEO Ken Stern; and me–all moderated by Reed Business CEO Tad Smith.

It’s a decent panel, with a lot of good questions from the audience. A text report of the event is here.

It’s a little long, but here you go:


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald