A 20-post collection

The Radically Changing Video-Based Media Industry

Nothing brings into sharp relief the radical change sweeping through the video-based media industry (TV, movies, etc.) like hard data: Downloads of Walt Disney films on the iTunes platform have risen sharply to more than 1.3m after only three months on sale, putting pressure on other Hollywood studios to »

YouTube Hears The Users Calling and Agrees To Finally Give Them Some Money

Last summer, in It’s The Users Calling…They Want Their Money, I wrote: User-generated content is going through a novelty phase, where most “usersâ€� are content with attention as a form of recompense for their efforts. But for savvy “usersâ€� — or in this case video production »

Happy User-Generated Holidays

I’ll be mostly offline for the rest of the year. I’ll leave you with this “user-generated” holiday message — one of the “authentic” Coke-sponsored Holiday Wishcasts — seemed like an appropriate way to end 2006. Of course, this “user” is actually a director with 26,300 subscribers and 1,383, »

Platforms Are The New Portals

We’ve all become so enamored with the increasingly distributed nature of the web — or the de-portalization as Keith Teare of Edgeio puts it — and the success of user-centric platforms like YouTube and MySpace. But we seem to be forgetting that the most successful platforms are acting just like portals »

A Lot of User-Generated Content Is Really User-Appropriated Content

The widely-used and much reviled term “user-generated content” implies that somebody is making something. But the dirty little secret of “user-generated” sites like YouTube and MySpace is that much of the content is not made by the users themselves — it’s appropriated from someone else. So while everyone was watching »

YouTube, Google, and Rumors vs. Truth in the Blogosphere

Mark Cuban posted an interesting theory about the YouTube/Google deal from an “anonymous author.” The self-described “experienced veteran in the digital media business” characterizes the theory like this: Some of this is based on talks with people involved and some is speculation based on my experience working in the »

Google Acquires YouTube, Becomes the Archetypal Media Company

Google’s $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube solidifies Google’s position at the center of media. Google already has Google Video, so they didn’t buy YouTube for the technology. No, they bought YouTube for the traffic, the same reason they cut the $900 million deal with Fox Interactive »

Those Who Pay More Will Get an Enhanced Experience

Those who pay more will get an “enhancedâ€Â� experience. This is a from TDavid explaining what will happen to the web now that the House has rejected “net neutrality” — this is representative of the many arguments in favor of net neutrality. Here’s my question: »