How publications are committing harakari! 

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I have become increasingly frustrated by the fact that many of the publications I used to like are turning into churnicle factories, creating platforms for anybody and everybody to post whatever drivel they want to publish under their brand. The trend to publish without much oversight was started by the Huffington Post, which had figured out that more stuff you churn – especially with bylines of self important people – the more chances you had to build traffic. Free content, free traffic and advertising dollars — HuffPo won big with this strategy. Next came Forbes, that decided it was going to do the same, but with some pretensions. Continue reading “How publications are committing harakari! “

Message Boards

From Forbes Magazine, Sept 13, 1999 These are a mixed blessing. You post messages on them; others respond — agreeing, disagreeing or elaborating. BODY: Yadda, yadda, yadda. These bulletin boards are noisy and full of useless chatter, with an occasional jewel buried there. The bulk of the entries are ill-informed opinions, rumors and even outright … Continue reading Message Boards

Broadband bargain

From Forbes magazine, May 3, 1999 HERE IS A WAY to ride the broadband wave without buying a moneylosing company like At Home Corp. Horsham, Pa.-based General Instrument (NYSE: GIC) controls 60% of the settop cable box market. Its new boxes will have high-speed modems inside that allow subscribers to surf the Web, get e-mail, … Continue reading Broadband bargain