Tagged: Digital Life

Who mourns the media dinosaurs?

The Media Dinosaurs

The Media Dinosaurs

On Friday the Rocky Mountain News closed shop for good.  This was one of two major newspapers in the Denver area, and was a few days shy of its 150th birthday.  This is a paper that was founded before the civil war, had tons of history, and a terrific reputation.  What’s saddest is that hundreds of people who worked for the Rocky Mountain News and the businesses that supported it will now be out of jobs in one of the toughest economies in decades.

This was not unpredictable, nor was it unsuspected, and this is just the beginning.  The big comet called “New Media” fell to the earth about 12 years ago, clouding over the sun of Old Media, and here we are a decade later, the Old Media Ice Age is beginning, and the dinosaurs are falling over, while the mammals scurry to find better shelter.

This is The Way Things Are Meant To Be. Continue Reading

All of my heroes are geeks

I read a lot of websites to keep up on all of my geek news, but luckily the web is filled with “internet celebrities” who have helped shape and inform my “internet worldview”. It’s interesting that as I was compiling this list I realized that everyone who’s on this list is either self employed, or has created their own start-up. What does that say about me?

I think it might indicate that I’m a cowardly entrepreneur. Continue Reading

Canadian Copyright Law…protect our corporate citizens!

Copyright for CanadiansCanadian MPP Jim Prentice is about to introduce a new copyright protection law into the House of Commons. This law is said to be more restrictive than the US DMCA law which has allowed the recording industry to sue itself into obscurity, and has let the MPAA put blinders on and decide that they should lecture their customers rather than innovate.

I am personally offended every time I go into a movie theatre, pay good money for tickets and popcorn, and then get told not to steal movies. Umm, you’re kinda preaching to the choir idjuts.

Rather than innovate, the recording industry and TV/film industries would like to legislate our behavior. Continue Reading