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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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work