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Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Internet Cowboys


BoomTown is clearly losing a step in the summer doldrums and forgot to post this lovely movie that I did while in Jackson Hole, Wyo., last weekend for an event called the “Internet Cowboys un-Conference.”

What’s an un-conference? Well, it was less organized, there were fly-fishing and elk nearby and it involved a whole lot of thinking big thoughts in the much bigger outdoors.

I was invited there by one of the hosts, well-known Israeli entrepreneur Yossi Vardi–the other hosts were Idith and Yuval Almog, at whose home the third annual event was held.

My job? To to give a “big idea” talk titled: “Journalism Is Dead? Long Live the News!” (or maybe it was: “The News Is Dead? Long Live Journalism!”). It was about how old media was trying to innovate to stay relevant (and alive!).

In any case, it was actually a very bracing time and here is a video I did interviewing some of the participants (and below that is one of the classic Willie Nelson tune, sung by him and Waylon Jennings):

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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