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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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik