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Demand Media, once valued higher than the New York Times, is seeing a rapid decrease in profits because of Google changing its search algorithms. Does this mean the beginning of the end for "content farms"?
The digital library JSTOR has announced its new Register & Read program
, under which users unaffiliated with an institution can access "approximately 1,200 journals from more than 700 publishers, a subset of the content in JSTOR. This includes content from the first volume and issue published for these journals through a recent year (generally 3-5 years ago)." [more inside]
Is it possible to make a living in the arts? Meet the double jobbers.
At reddit we care deeply about not imposing ours or anyone elses’ opinions on how people use the reddit platform. We are adamant about not limiting the ability to use the reddit platform even when we do not ourselves agree with or condone a specific use. We have very few rules here on reddit; no spamming, no cheating, no personal info, nothing illegal, and no interfering the site's functions. Today we are adding another rule: No suggestive or sexual content featuring minors.
- After much complaint, Reddit gets rid of /r/jailbait
and selected subreddits
with similar content.
In February, AOL acquired
the Huffington Post for $315 million. (Previously)
The formation of The Huffington Post Media Group was announced
, to integrate content for a new combined, claimed audience of "117 Million Americans and 270 Million Globally."
Then, AOL fired 200 US employees (leaving many sites without editorial staff
) and began restructuring
. Today, they announced that 30 brands
, including popular site Slashfood
, will be closed or folded into existing Huffington Post sections. [more inside]
Apple has launched App Store subscriptions for digital content
, something that should please magazine publishers looking for a non-print business model. However there is a sting in the tail - publishers must go through Apple, paying the 30% "Apple tax"
"We gathered our favorite cutting-edge content creators from across the internet and gave each of them a deceptively simple mission -- tell a short story in an innovative way." Showtime presents: Short Stories. [more inside]
"I was completely aware that I was writing crap
," she said. "I was like, 'I hope to God people don't read my advice on how to make gin at home because they'll probably poison themselves.'" PBS MediaShift takes a week-long look at content farms
"The Journalist as Programmer"
is an academic, ethnographic case study (pdf)
, which considers whether the New York Times' Interactive Newsroom Technologies unit
, source of the paper's Open Source Developer Network
, should be thought of as a template for the future of Web Journalism. Slide Deck
. (Previously on MeFi.)
NYMag profile of the INT team from '09: The New Journalism: Goosing the Gray Lady
. ("What are these renegade cybergeeks doing at the New York Times? Maybe saving it.")
In Publishing: The Revolutionary Future
, Jason Epstein posits "The resistance today by publishers to the onrushing digital future does not arise from fear of disruptive literacy, but from the understandable fear of their own obsolescence and the complexity of the digital transformation that awaits them... The unprecedented ability of this technology to offer a vast new multilingual marketplace a practically limitless choice of titles will displace the Gutenberg system with or without the cooperation of its current executives." [more inside]
Sustainability of Digital Formats
: a repository of mostly technical information about digital content file formats related to storing images (moving and still), text, sound and websites
"We need to make a comic so I can eat lunch."
You're in your office sitting at your desk. There's a hot mic in the room. It's 45 minutes 'till lunch, your tummy's grumbling and you still have to write a comic. Fortunately your best friend -- who is also the co-founder of your decade-old business empire -- is sitting at his desk a few feet away. You are "Gabe" or "Tycho" of Penny Arcade, and the next 45 minutes will be captured on tape and published for all the world to hear as a podcast. But only if it's good. "Downloadable Content, The Penny Arcade Podcast
" is practically a documentary on collaboratively authoring webcomics. The most recent episode is a particularly good example of that. [more inside]
With a typically punny Hollywood Reporter headline, the news is out that Anheuser-Busch's new video site with Original Content (launched during the Super Bowl, naturally) is not nearly as popular as expected. The promoters blame the registration/age-verification requirement for discouraging users (noted here
earlier today), but 21 State Attorneys General say it's not discouraging enough
. But is the content any good?
Here are a couple reviews
No, I didn't link or even mention the site's obvious address. I don't want anybody to think I actually encourage stuff like this ;)
is a resource for designers who want to become better developers. Whether you want a tutorial to help you make a Flash zoom motion blur
, some help with php and html
, learn object oriented programming
, or use photoshop well
, kirupa might be of assistance to you.
The mobile content market is big
but the mobile service companies control the bottleneck
of data to your phone and may well be holding the industry back
. A NZ site has launched offering a platform for mobile content producers to sell direct to mobile content consumers globally: Voeveo
Web 2.0 (2nd draft)
A short film by Kansas State Cultural Anthropology Professor Mike Welsh. Find out what happens when content and structure finally break-up and structure gets a place of its own.
"[C]omputer design is being dictated not by electronic design rules, physical layout requirements, and thermal issues, but by the wishes of the content industry."
By deliberately breaking audio and video functionality, opening up new avenues for debilitating malware, and reversing performance gains in desktop PCs and third-party components, Peter Gutmann argues "the Vista Content Protection specification could very well constitute the longest suicide note in history."
MSNBC soft pedalled the story
have offered their regurgitated take
on the press release. But I can't find anyone asking the tough questions about the new deal between Microsoft and Vivendi/Universal wherein MS will pay Universal a flat price for every Zune
With big names like David Geffen saying, "Each of these devices is used to store unpaid-for material. This way, on top of the material people do pay for, the record companies are getting paid on the devices storing the copied music.
" are we really getting to the point where everything we think we know about property and theft is going to be re-defined in terms of someone's perceived loss?
Edits of NWA's Straight Outta Compton
and Fuck the Police
... with anything not
offensive removed. Just the swears, ma'am. via /dev/null
Tivo for Webcomics?
Found by way of Comixpedia
, this Sun-Times article
finds shareware that rips comic files off the web to be something of a God-send. As a web-comic creator, I have no problem with my readers writing personal scripts that pull the .pngs from my front page. But when the rippers begin asking for money
for their app that distributes someone else's content (without asking the creators' permission), it seems as though somewhere, there are some enormous balls just a'swingin' in the breeze.
and Clay Shirky
are trading ideas on Micropayemnts
user-pays schemes can't simply be restored through minor tinkering with payment systems, because they don't address the cause of that change -- a huge increase the power and reach of the individual creator..
micropayments, well, BitPass
are here to stay this time.
As a content producer
I like the idea, but as a content consumer
I'm just not sure yet.
If mefi went Micro, would you pay?
Dev Articles is the latest in a line of thieves
who steal from free publications such as A List Apart
and Boxes and Arrows
to pilfer content and make a buck off of other folks' generous efforts. What is wrong with these folks? Dev Articles at least credits the authors (without letting them know... even that their stolen photo is up) but not the publication that provided the edits, formatting and forum to make the article real. And they make the advertising buck.
This month alone Nick Finck
has had to stop Morpheous
from their theft of 7
of his articles (and they claimed authorship!) What is wrong with people?
As stock prices plummet,
Salon.com continues to think of imaginative new ways to make a profit
. This article, is of course, a joke. But not too far from the future, I'm sure.
Are there any other ways to make money on the web besides porn and ebay?
About.com acquired by old-media concern Primedia
for $690 million in Primedia stock. One of the true original web-content concepts has found a valuation anchor.
The end of view source?
New software on the horizon may allow you to control who saves, copies or prints your web content. Are the days of right-click piracy coming to a close? Will this add weight to the budding concept that people might actually pay
for content they want? Should we care?
and grrl.com (a new chickclick style portal from womensforum.com
) are on the hunt for independent female sites to lump together and sell off to their advertisers. what have your experiences been with .commers? how do you feel about advertising on yr own site? what kind of money is actually earnt from being part of a portal (which seems to be their major selling point)?
what resources are available to independent site owners? perhaps another branch of the metafilter community could be dedicated to informing people about what does happen when a site signs on to a portal business, and what the alternatives are.