The legacy newspaper company was a monopoly, and as a result, it propped up below-average, middle-class writers with above-average wages.
Unbundling and the free flow of information (internet publishing) has disintermediated that business, and we can look at writers as a case study to what may happen across all industries.
From industry insiders, the Pareto principle is really strong online — a small percentage of writers drive all of the traffic (and earn all of the money) while the majority of writers are freelancers and can’t make ends meet.
I’m excited by the efficiency of the new content business, but I’m worried that we have no model to provide basic income (in perpetuity) for the vast majority of people who want to be journalists.
Finding a model to fund writers is a big problem — at least it’s one that new startups like Beacon are challenging — so here’s to helping writers stack more green paper (and not the type that’s black and white and read all over).
"Code switching" is a term that explains how many of us subtly, reflexively change how we express ourselves in different contexts.
I won’t write about why we do itor how it explains the world — I just want to share a note that’s been inspired by a conversation amongst friends.
I’ve always been a jack-of-all-trades type, knowing a little about a lot of things, and my biggest gift is the ability to translate ideas & concepts across different groups of people with various domains of knowledge.
I’ve struggled with that (breadth vs. depth) this past year, but I’m starting to realize that it may be a product of growing up between codes.
I’m not alone in this, and if anything, recognizing that code switching can be a valuable trait in the technology community (and one that most people are missing…) may be powerful in identifying mediators, organizers, and emerging managers.
"And hey, ayo, we made it to Thanksgiving
So hey, maybe we can make it to Christmas?”
Instead of a cliché blog post, I mixed together a few of my favorite “Bound 2” remixes on a bus to DC. Happy Thanksgiving.
And if you like, download & support the original versions here: Beat Gates Instrumental / Cookin’ Soul.
Velocity is everything I’ve wanted. It takes my Pocket queue, helps me get through it quicker, and even makes reading fun.
(The only caveat is I don’t like using it on the train when others are around. I’m not 100% sure why that is, but it has something to do with social norms, not looking stupid.)
Signed gear from Spike Lee for supporting him on @Kickstarter. (at Union Square Ventures)
Last night at 2am when I couldn’t sleep, I laid in bed and started pinning - now I can’t stop thinking about it.
My birthday is December 30th, so between that and New Year’s, the beginning of the year is a clean opportunity to start fresh.
We’re about a month away from that time, so I’ve begun to think & explore new goals & changes for next year.
In a really nice way, Pinterest is aspirational, which allows me to organize and make sense of the things that I like.
In bed last night, I realized that it’s all starting to come together (my passion, my dreams, my reality), so I’m quite excited at the prospects of a new year and an evolving identity.
“ And while the Internet makes recorded information, anything that you can just pull up, much easier and much cheaper, it’s also had the effect of making live experiences actually more valuable. ”