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Stewart Brand - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Information wants to be free. Information also wants to be expensive. Information wants to be free because it has become so cheap to distribute, copy, and recombine - too cheap to meter. It wants to be expensive because it can be immeasurably valuable to the recipient. That tension will not go away. It leads to endless wrenching debate about price, copyright, 'intellectual property', the moral rightness of casual distribution, because each round of new devices makes the tension worse, not better."
quotes  media  economics  information 
december 2010 by tysone
The Times’ Paywall and Newsletter Economics
Clay Shirky writes, 'One way to escape a commodity market is to offer something that isn’t a commodity. This has been the preferred advice of people committed to the re-invention of newspapers. It is a truism bordering on drinking game material that anyone advising newspapers will at some point say “All you need to do is offer a product so relevant and valuable the consumer is willing to pay for it!” This advice is well-meaning. It’s just not much help.'
clay_shirky  economics  paywall  newspapers  prediction 
november 2010 by tysone
Taking apart the federal budget (washingtonpost.com)
Explore the various facets of the government's budget and see how revenues and spending have changed over time.
washingtonpost  visualization  economics  politics  government  taxes 
april 2010 by tysone
Op-Ed Columnist - The Protocol Society - NYTimes.com
In the 19th and 20th centuries we made stuff: corn and steel and trucks. Now, we make protocols: sets of instructions.
david_brooks  economics  nytimes 
december 2009 by tysone
Post-Medium Publishing
"Now that the medium is evaporating, publishers have nothing left to sell. Some seem to think they're going to sell content—that they were always in the content business, really. But they weren't, and it's unclear whether anyone could be. ... iTunes is more of a tollbooth than a store. [It] makes money by taxing people, not selling them stuff."
publishing  economics  journalism  prediction  itunes  brilliant 
october 2009 by tysone
Home ‎(Stross Krugman Transcript)‎
The question of whether a machine can think is no more interesting than the question of whether or not a submarine can swim. The point being Boeing 737’s and seagulls can both fly, however, we don’t try to replicate seagulls when we’re designing a new airliner.
future  economics  toread  innovation 
august 2009 by tysone
Snarkmarket: It Feels A Little Like Free
What’s really radical about the idea of “free” isn’t its economic reality but economic psychology.... So here's the (provisional) lesson. There is no such thing as a free lunch. But some lunches feel freer than others.
free  economics  psychology 
august 2009 by tysone
What worked for HBO won't work for news (Scripting News)
With all due respect, putting up a "pay wall" is exactly what these organizations don't need. They need to decentralize, get further out into the world, not hole-up behind a wall and try to tough it out. What worked for HBO won't work for the news because HBO is ficition, and news is not.
journalism  business  economics  free 
july 2009 by tysone
McKinsey: What Matters: A new kind of economic indicator
Regardless of which variables we applied, what version of the model we used, or which regions we looked at, the concentration of bohemians and gays consistently had a staggering impact on housing values.
economics  housing  economy  culture  trends 
july 2009 by tysone
The high costs of running YouTube. - By Farhad Manjoo - Slate Magazine
One of the largest and most-celebrated new-media ventures is burning through cash at a rate that makes newspapers look like wise investments. It's called YouTube: Google will lose $470 million on the video-sharing site this year alone.
youtube  google  economics 
april 2009 by tysone
Daring Fireball: Obsession Times Voice
"There is an easy formula for doing it wrong: publish attention-getting bullshit and pull stunts to generate mindless traffic. The entire quote-unquote “pro blogging” industry — which exists as the sort of pimply teenage brother to the shirt-and-tie SEO industry — is predicated on the notion that blogging is a meaningful verb. It is not. The verb is writing. The format and medium are new, but the craft is ancient. Obsession times voice is a pretty good stab at a simple formula for doing it right."
writing  inspiration  brilliant  blogs  publishing  economics 
april 2009 by tysone
Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution | O'Reilly Media
"Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy. ... Piracy is progressive taxation."
copyright  law  economics  longtail 
april 2009 by tysone
How did the web lose faith in charging for stuff? - (37signals)
It seems that the web has been so thoroughly infected by the memes of “the future is free”, “we’ll all live from ads”, “VC money will get us there”, and “acquisition is nirvana” that it has almost lost its faith in the simpler ways.
prediction  37signals  economics  free 
march 2009 by tysone
Why Is Her Paycheck Smaller? - Interactive Graphic - NYTimes.com
Nearly every occupation has the gap — the seemingly unbridgeable chasm between the size of the paycheck brought home by a woman and the larger one earned by a man doing the same job. Economists cite a few reasons: discrimination as well as personal choices within occupations are two major factors, and part of the gap can be attributed to men having more years of experience and logging more hours.
nytimes  statistics  visualization  data  economics  feminism  gender  nytgfx  sexism 
march 2009 by tysone
Not all information wants to be free. - By Jack Shafer - Slate Magazine
Not all successful paid sites are alike, but they all share at least one of these attributes: 1) They are so amazing as to be irreplaceable. 2) They are beautifully designed and executed and extremely easy to use. 3) They are stupendously authoritative.
journalism  newspapers  economics 
february 2009 by tysone
Goodbye Dubai | Smashing Telly - A hand picked TV channel
Short of opening a Radio Shack in an Amish town, Dubai is the world’s worst business idea, and there isn’t even any oil. Dubai threatens to become an instant ruin, an emblematic hybrid of the worst of both the West and the Middle-East and a dangerous totem for those who would mistakenly interpret this as the de facto product of a secular driven culture.
recession  economics  architecture  dubai  middleeast  cities 
february 2009 by tysone
Why Small Payments Won’t Save Publishers « Clay Shirky
"The invocation of micropayments involves a displaced fantasy that the publishers of digital content can re-assert control over we unruly users in a media environment with low barriers to entry for competition. ... The lesson of iTunes et al. is that if you want something that doesn’t survive contact with the market, you can’t let it have contact with the market. ... Superdistribution, despite its unweildy name, matters to users. It matters a lot."
journalism  newspapers  prediction  strategy  brilliant  economics  clay_shirky  micropayment 
february 2009 by tysone
Dan Gilbert researches happiness | Video on TED.com
Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert says our beliefs about what will make us happy are often wrong -- a premise he supports with intriguing research
ted  video  psychology  economy  marketing  economics  statistics 
december 2008 by tysone
Op-Chart - Bulls, Bears, Donkeys and Elephants - Interactive Graphic - NYTimes.com
As of Friday, a $10,000 investment in the S.& P. stock market index* would have grown to $11,733 if invested under Republican presidents only, although that would be $51,211 if we exclude Herbert Hoover’s presidency during the Great Depression. Invested under Democratic presidents only, $10,000 would have grown to $300,671 at a compound rate of 8.9 percent over nearly 40 years.
visualization  politics  infographics  finance  economics 
october 2008 by tysone
Like J.P. Morgan, Warren E. Buffett Braves a Crisis - NYTimes.com
In the interview Mr. Buffett expressed his disdain: “Beware of geeks bearing formulas.”
economics  quotes 
october 2008 by tysone
Charlie Rose - Warren Buffett
"I'd rather be approximately right than precisely wrong."
brilliant  economics  quotes  warren_buffett 
october 2008 by tysone
Michael Lewis' Mansion - Portfolio.com
When Michael Lewis and his family move into a house they can't afford, he gets a taste of the new American nightmare.
finance  economy  economics  realestate 
october 2008 by tysone
FT.com / Companies / Retailing & leisure - Nintendo makes more profit per employee than Goldman
For an electronics company to make more per employee than a high-powered investment bank is exceptional, and the figures highlight how profitable Nintendo, a company with less than 3,000 permanent employees, has become after the success of its Wii and DS consoles.
economics  nintendo  management  scale 
september 2008 by tysone
Vivian Schiller - Talk to The Times - The New York Times - Reader Questions and Answers - Question - NYTimes.com
A chorus of Cassandras has heralded each new form of media in the last 100 years. But radio did not supplant newspapers; television did not supplant radio; and there’s scant evidence that the Internet is fast replacing any existing form of legacy media, including print.
nytimes  journalism  economics  innovation 
september 2008 by tysone
The Permission Problem: Financial Page: The New Yorker
The commons leads to overuse and destruction; the anticommons leads to underuse and waste.
economics  copyright  law 
august 2008 by tysone
The Long Tail: The time/money formula of free
At some point in your life, you will wake up and discover that you have more money than time. This same calculus is the foundation of a big part of the "freemium" economy.
economics 
august 2008 by tysone
The great organic myths: Why organic foods are an indulgence the world can't afford - Green Living, Environment - The Independent
They're not healthier or better for the environment – and they're packed with pesticides. In an age of climate change and shortages, these foods are an indugence the world can't afford, argues environmental expert Rob Johnston
food  organic  environment  health  myths  politics  sustainability  economics 
july 2008 by tysone
Reinventing Invention: Online Only Video: The New Yorker
Malcolm Gladwell on the challenge of hiring in the modern world. From “Stories from the Near Future,” the 2008 New Yorker Conference.
management  gladwell  hiring  business  economics 
july 2008 by tysone
Richard McKenzie's Popcorn - Finance Blog - Felix Salmon - Market Movers - Portfolio.com
if you're in a cinema which gives you a choice between buying a medium bag of popcorn and a large tub of popcorn, there's a greater-than-50% chance that the medium bag will actually contain more popcorn than the large tub.
surprising  culture  economics 
june 2008 by tysone
Budget Hero | Marketplace from American Public Media
impressive flash game, even it it's a bit hoakey at times.
economics  finance  flash  games  government  politics 
may 2008 by tysone
Four-dollar-per-gallon gas is cheap! - By Robert Bryce - Slate Magazine
When measured on an inflation-adjusted basis, the current price of gasoline is only slightly higher than it was in 1922. (A Starbucks venti latte costs the equivalent of $23 per gallon, while Budweiser beer runs $11 per gallon.)
economics  fuel  gas 
may 2008 by tysone
Generosity as a business model | Zac Echola
We’ve been trying to play a new game with an old set of rules.
journalism  newspapers  economics  strategy 
march 2008 by tysone
The city that never sleeps ... nor stops talking - MIT News Office
The project, called New York Talk Exchange (NYTE), is based around an analysis of telecommunications traffic flowing to and from New York City
art  communication  design  visualization  economics  nyc  mapping 
march 2008 by tysone
Kevin Kelly -- The Technium
When copies are super abundant, they become worthless.
When copies are super abundant, stuff which can't be copied becomes scarce and valuable.
When copies are free, you need to sell things which can not be copied.
copyright  creativity  culture  economics 
february 2008 by tysone
Yvon Chouinard, | Outside Online
Can you take a company to the top when you can't stand nearly everything about traditional business and what it represents? You can if you're Yvon Chouinard.
books  business  management  strategy  economics  leadership 
december 2007 by tysone

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