• KierenMcCarthy.co.uk :: Mukka Express finally refunded – thanks to this blog?

    We would also ask that you please remove the comment on your website referring to us as “bastards” as we are a trading partnership of myself and my Father this is both defamatory and offensive to us both…

    As they say, they don’t mind you calling their coffee maker rubbish, but me Da’ has the marriage certificate right here! Though Kieren has an interesting point – is it blog power that now does the trick where phone calls don’t?

  • Newspapers, Stupidity and Shackleford – Blog Maverick – www.blogmaverick.com _

    Think about what a newspaper is. Break it down to its basics:

    1) content (news and commentary) bought from syndicated sources.

    2) content (news and commentary) created in-house (some of which ends up sold to a syndicate)

    3) classified ads

    4) display ads

    At the basic level, the content is there to keep the ads from running into each other, because basically, the newspaper’s job is to convince you to buy (or at least read) the thing, and then sell your eyeballs to its advertisers.

    In the new, online world, what relevance does a newspaper have?

    you don’t need a newspaper for syndicated content, except, of course, the newspapers and syndicates are still playing out this little dance and the syndicates won’t distribute stuff directly yet for the most part (but they will) — my.yahoo does a nice job of acting as a newspaper, though, and a front for them.

    classified ads have been eaten alive by craigslist and the job boards, except for the car ads. But the classifieds as cash cow is dead, and continuing to disappear.

    nobody seems to be trying, really, to figure out how to take away and monetize the display ads.

    Very astute analysis of what’s happening in newspapers, at least in the US (but also in the UK) by Chuq von Rospach, who runs mailing lists (inter alia) at Apple. (Seen at Teal Sunglasses)
    It makes an interesting counterpoint to the Simon Jenkins article in the Guardian today: Three cheers for Gutenberg – and long live dead trees which could be paraphrased as “My Tandy 500 started up at once – what’s all the fuss about with new computers? People still buy papers – what’s all the fuss about them disappearing?” I’ve said before that I think there are going to be changes (haven’t I?) but I’m not sure this is quite the right attitude to enable the shift…