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Friday, 29 September, 2006

Something is coming in at over 300 kbps. I didn’t know I had 300 kbps.
The world of distribution and media is changing rapidly. I keep working on a rant about this, but it remains incoherent. Here are the highlights. Newspapers did not see the threat radio presented. Vaudeville did not appreciate the threat of cinema. Cinema presumed television was a threat, but in fact it presented new primary and secondary markets for their trade. Radio has died several deaths, but has resurrected with new applications and ideas. AM stereo failed because of competing standards but HD radio will fail because of a lack of content. Television as an industry is terrified of internet, but individual broadcasters are working out how to exploit it. The medium-free distribution model appears to make “the industry” obsolete. One no longer needs the industry to press work onto media and get it into stores. Shortwave services are being dropped to the “developed world” in lieu of internet-based content, and regional FM relay (such as BBC World Service or World Radio Network overnight on your local public radio station). A private European company and the American Sirius have shipping units which tune “radio” via wi-fi. The Sirius unit is as portable as an ipod and stores/records audio. In short, if you are in midtown Tallin and want to tune Howard Stern live, you can. You can call the show via Skype for next to nothing. Even dopes like me, barring minor technical dilemmas, can create something not unlike television. Despite what you read in the competition, blogs (albeit not this one) provide a good amount of original research and journalism. The local newspapers are dieing because they no longer wish to cover local issues apart from press releases. What’s coming? This has all happened in a limited-capital market. When the valve opens … q.v. when the GOP stops sucking up almost every dime of available capital, and discouraging the investment of the rest … what could we possibly see? and what about the religious in the anti-terror era?

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