the future of media companies 09.11.2006, 12:27 AM
posted by ray cha
Every day we hear more reports about how media / hardware/ distribution companies are ever more frequently expanding horizontally (going into new categories) as well as vertically (going into more parts of their production/distribution chain).
In that, Amazon launched a download video service. MySpace opens a music store to compete with Apple's iTunes and is also considering the creation of a print magazine. HarperCollins is selling downloadable media on their website. These are just a few examples.
What will the future of media publishing look like? How close are we from having only a few multi-national companies that produce the hardware, media and distribution? What are the other options?
Could the pendulum ever swing the other way? Could the future branded media company outsource all the creative, technology, publishing and distribution in a similar way that a laptop manufacturer has its mother board, processor, batteries, memory, drive, screen and advertising come from somewhere outside the company?
kiene brillenburg wurth on September 11, 2006 9:26 AM:
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bowerbird on September 11, 2006 12:38 PM:
> Every day we hear more reports about
> media / hardware/ distribution companies
> are ever more frequently expanding
> How close are from having only a few
> multi-national companies that produce
> the hardware, media and distribution?
if there's a word missing, seeming randomly,
from the sentence, ray cha probably wrote it.
really, ray, you need a copy editor, badly.
all the intelligence behind your entries is
being obscured by the clunky way they read.
p.s. oh, and i'll be interested to see if
this comment passes moderation this time...
ben vershbow on September 11, 2006 5:27 PM:
Quick note: we've deleted one comment from this stream that pointed out some typos, though in a rather unfriendly way. Distributed proofreading is always welcome, but please keep it civil. Thanks!
bowerbird on September 11, 2006 7:58 PM:
it wasn't "unfriendly" at all...
p.s. or "uncivil".
p.p.s. however, its "deletion"
(or, more accurately, non-posting)
highlights the important point that
the "interactive" nature of _some_
blogs (and how many, we can't know)
is often little more than a charade
disguising tight moderator control.
p.p.p.s. you can't really believe
i am the only person who notices
(a) the typos, and (b) the control.
p.p.p.p.s. this isn't "unfriendly"
either, it's a comment that is
highly relevant to the topics here.
but i expect it to be squelched...
ben vershbow on September 11, 2006 9:52 PM: