Next Generation Media Raves & Rants and Other Random Thoughts on Culture

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Jamie Foxx - entertainment 2.0 talent...

...great piece...gotta hand it to JF. This is no accident. Suggests to me a media star who, while very talented, is also incredibly smart. Most actors are performers. JF is an artist.

a mentor i'd like to meet...

Guy Kawasaki just started a blog not in December. He's written some books that have really influenced me and I have great admiration for him. His latest, The Art of The Start, should be the first thing that any entrepreneur reads.

great googly, moogly....

...this is kinda weird. Lost Remote is on the case again....apparently people click on ads that are not contextual. We humans are funky, huh?

Great idea, great company, well executed....

Nice piece in the journal today about StubHub. I met the founders in the very early days of the company, did a little consulting work later on, and very much admire how well management has performed. The founders raised $$ in the teeth of the 'nuclear winter' of internet investing and really delivered.

Yahoo! comes up short a penny and gets jammed...

wow - one penny = -13%....sounds rough. how long before day trading 2.0 is in full swing.

The ersatz Oprah, part deux....

I can't wait for Chris Anderson's Long Tail. Chris has a blog by the same name and it is nothing short of brilliant (Anderson, Battelle, Lasica, Paid Content and Lost Remote comprise my daily reads - all these guys are 'on-the-ball').

Every VC on Sand Hill Road probably gets a dozen plans a week that describe how they will profit from the Long Tail theory. David Hornik blogs on how to do just that. Very smart. He also blogs about the evolution of Social Networks that is mighty compelling as well.

The ersatz Oprah recommends Radical Evolution

While I'm not going to drive sales like Oprah, I did just finish a book about '...the promise and peril of enhancing our minds, our bodies - and what it means to be human...' Sounds a little ominous, for sure, but Radical Evolution by Joel Garreau lays out in compelling prose that we are at an inflection point in human history, one where our society is engineering the next stage of evolution through advances in genetics, robotics, and nanotechnologies.

While technology is pulling at the seams of the media business, it's child's play compared to how it is going to alter our bodies, ourselves.

Who the hell knows if that's a good thing or not but Garreau lays out a couple of scenarios - aptly called Heaven or Hell. Basically, our lives hang in the balance and technology is either going to destroy us (in a particularly grim fashion I might add) or, perhaps, we may find the wisdom to save ourselves and preserve that most human part of us - our compassion and decency, indeed, our very souls.

The seminal book on 'User-Generated' Media

JD Lasica's DarkNet is one of the most profound pieces of journalism I've ever read. When I first discovered it I thought it was going to be another polemic on how Hollywood is choking off new creative voices and generally wreaking havoc on an unsuspecting, zoned-out public (which has been written about extensively). What I discovered was a keenly observed, well written, and compelling look at how low-cost, high powered desktop publishing tools and zero cost of distribution are going to change the media landscape in profound ways.

For anyone interested in what is the media world is going to look like in the in the very near future, DarkNet is a must read. JD also blogs like crazy (New Media Musings and DarkNet), and when he's not sleeping also manages to time to run a very cool service called OurMedia.

It's Google's world and we just live in it...

I'm hardly surprised that Google is going after the radio advertising business. However, what Greg Smith, EVP with Carat Fusion, a unit of the Aegis Group, says in this NY Times article strikes me as prescient. "Google's vision that they can rationalize what is an irrational industry - because it is based on consumer irrational responses - is a lovely dream...But I don't think the world is up to it." Sure, Google is taking over the world but somehow I just can't help but wanna short their stock. Henry Blodget talks about a potential Google implosion.

As usual, the guy who nailed this is John Battelle. For all things Google, he's the man, and for a seminal book on the history and soon-to-be-future of "search" definitely read his book. Incredibly well researched and observed.