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Zeros and Ones

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Our Binary World

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The Paywall Fallacy

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Media managers in Germany draw hope from a new survey by Bitkom, an IT industry association, which says that a quarter of Germans are now paying for journalistic content online. On average, these readers spend 13.60 euros per month, about $18 at the current rate. Trouble is, almost 2 out of 3 Germans categorically told […]

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The Eyes Have It

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Chances are you’re not reading much these days – you’re mostly browsing, viewing, scanning. Reading takes time, and every second counts in a zero attention-span economy. All marvels of technology fail when it comes to adding an extra hour to the day. Given the overwhelming number of apps, social networks, blogs, TV channels, and mobile […]

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Fleet Week: Blue Without Angels

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Typically, San Francisco’s first weekend in October belongs to Fleet Week and the Blue Angels. The air show is a feast for the eyes, nerve-wracking at times, and always eardrum-shattering when the fighter jets race by right overhead. This year, though, the Blue Angels were a no-show, thanks to Uncle Sam’s budget issues. In fact, […]

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Under the Bridge

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Some 270,000 cars cross the Bay Bridge on any given day, and the drive tends to be more work than fun – but sailing underneath the daily mayhem? Ah, much different and quite picturesque. Especially while the eastern span of the bridge is being built as part of the earthquake retrofitting. Look up, and suddenly […]

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The Bezos Media Lab

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While the media world – jaws agape – has been trying to understand why Jeff Bezos would buy the Washington Post, much of the focus has been on the Amazon founder’s desire to buy influence around Capitol Hill. Perhaps. My guess is that’s more of an add-on. Bezos is far too intelligent to believe in […]

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Zeros and Ones

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How’s this for irony? The machine we invented to help us better manage the complexities of human life has somehow turned things around and is remaking our human world in its own image. More and more, it seems, we live in binary times. There are only two states – on and off – and we’re […]

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Old Media in a New World

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It didn’t have to be like this – we knew what was coming: the music industry showed the way. Still, when readers turned their attention from paper to the Internet, most traditional media companies (mine included) ended up getting caught like deer in the headlights. To this day, many keep clinging to ancient business models […]