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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.

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HD DVD is dead. Should I buy a player anyway?

The Toshiba A3 HD DVD playerSo here’s a dilemma for you. The HD DVD format is officially dead. Toshiba pulled the plug on its lifeless corpse, and people are blowing out their stock. Right now I can buy an Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on for $49.99, and it comes with King Kong. What’s more, until February 28th there’s a mail in offer for 5 free HD DVD’s. Or for $99.99 I could get a Toshiba player with 2 free DVD’s and the 5 free mail in offer.

The format may be dead, but it’s still got some good content on it. Heroes Season 1 is available on HD DVD, the remastered Star Trek the original series is on HD DVD, and Planet Earth is available on HD DVD. I’m figuring I can probably pick these up for a song soon. Continue Reading