Peter Kafka

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The Ad Business Is Either Not as Bad as You Think, or Worse

Love the gang at Ad Age. The more their industry gets battered, the more compelling their stuff becomes. But I would like them to help me out here: Are things getting worse or are they getting better? Because these two headlines (and their subheads, really) on the publication’s homepage today confuse me.

ad-age-heds

And now, via the aggregators’ best practices playbook: Links! Pick your reality:

half-fullGlass half-empty? The ad market is so bad that no one can attend the ad industry’s biggest conference.

Or glass half-full? The ad market isn’t that bad: Just ask the people who run high-end restaurants.

[Image credit: thrig]


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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