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Jeff Jarvis Is Amanda Congdon's Fair Lady

I knew my incessant interviewing of geeky guys would get me somewhere someday.


BoomTown got a nice shout-out from ABC News’ video blogger Amanda Congdon a couple of weeks ago (I know, a little late, but we just caught up on our obsessive self-searching on the Web) about an interesting video interview I did with BuzzMachine’s Jeff Jarvis about the state of media in the digital age.

For that, Jarvis and BoomTown got the unusual designation in this recent Congdon report’s “My Fair Lady” segment. While we prefer the musical stylings of, say, Stephen Sondheim, we’ll take the Audrey Hepburn comparison, however unlikely.

Congdon especially liked Jarvis’s new catchphrase that he advised old media to follow from here on out: What Would Google Do? I am not sure I would agree that this is the wisdom of the new age, but it’s certainly one direction to row in!

Since ABC does not make the Congdon reports viral (Amanda needs to get busy smacking some MSM types around the network to change that) and embeddable and we’re too tired to look for a rip-off on the Web, use the link above to see her report. In addition, we are posting the Jarvis interview again here:

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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