I guess one could say that the iPhone killed Nokia and the iPad killed the Finnish paper industry, but we’ll make a comeback.” Alexander Stubb, Prime Minister, Finland after S&P cut its AAA rating.
It has become habitual to see people blame others for their own mistakes and stupidity. The music industry blames Spotify, Pandora and Apple. The magazine trade and newspapers blame the Internet/Google/God. France blames Google. Kids blame parents.
I don’t know about you, but the way I see it — if I mess up, I got no one to blame but me. I don’t think others are responsible for our laziness, stupidity and inaction. I blame myself for not recognizing the problems or not trying hard to fix them.
Perhaps the news industry should recognize that it is in the business of providing information — not limiting it based of screen, device or size. Maybe it is time for Finland to look hard at the core culture that led to implosion of Nokia — remember the company ignored iPhone and the importance of software-defined experiences.