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@johnsawyer I completely agree with that. Just having fun with it because it's David Koch and when his name is brought up among certain circles, the self-righteous indignation escalates dramatically. So I have fun with it...
5 hours, 49 minutes ago on More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of “NOVA” station
Did Nova put a Bible verse on a program or rename a galaxy after Ted Cruz? I get it that it's crazy Koch, but I do kind of appreciate somebody funding Nova...
5 days, 3 hours ago on More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of “NOVA” station
I love your mission, very distinct, but please don't become too political. You guys were my escape from politics!
I hate when websites start to take themselves too seriously and come across as sanctimonious. It's a turn off. Sirota writes some great stuff, but so much of it comes across in that preachy style that it's tough to enjoy, and I usually agree with it.
1 week, 3 days ago on The new Pando: “Speaking truth to the new power”
LinkedIn feels so cluttered these days. I rarely click on the posts because it's all linkbaity stuff posted by a few people where there's clear career motive behind what they're doing. I actually miss the transactional feeds because that's what I actually care about: My connections and what's going on with them.
Love that Tweet about the viral sites. Wondering if 2014 is the tipping point in the viral media "bubble".
I'm very curious how Buzzfeed will evolve. They can't sustain listicles, Jennifer Lawrence mentions, which ____ are you surveys, memes, and 90s pop culture forever. Especially since everyone is getting on that gimmick.
MTV, regardless of my thoughts on it as a viewer, has evolved over the years to sustain itself with new audiences. "Teen Mom" replaces "Snooki" which replaced "Hills" which replaced "Laguna" and "Jackass" which replaced "TRL / Tom Green"which replaced "Singled Out / Kennedy", etc, etc. When your audience is young demos, you either grow with them or abandon them...
2 weeks, 5 days ago on What’s the state of LinkedIn’s economic graph?
Nice to see an OSU grad here at Pando. Nice article David!
1 month ago on How 10 years of Facebook design tweaks have shaped the way we behave on the Web
@davepaz Humor is very viral. I don't think humor is "losing" based on its nature.
As an advertising producer, I think humor is losing to feel good spots because humor is a lot harder to produce (IE - You don't even know if the joke is funny once you've casted, had 15 meetings, shot 30 takes, had 15 meetings, 2 focus groups, and 6 different edits). In the minds of executives, it's very risky to fail with. What brand wants an expensive spot that falls flat? Humor follows trends too. We're still in the snark / sarcasm trend, which by its nature, offends somebody. So you have to deal with that blowback. And if you go off-trend or don't offend somebody, how does a guy getting kicked in the nuts relate to Bridgestone Tires or Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop? ;-)
The "feel good" trend is easier to produce, less risky in the eyes of executives, and currently more viral on social media. Simply give a 26 year old a DSLR with fixed focal lenses, 2 weeks of travel, gotham or helvetica font, and some piano or ukelele music track, and you have contemporary viral videos.
1 month ago on Super Bowl shows that Facebook is winning the “don’t be evil” game
So, AllThingsD says this will hurt the Buzzfeed / viral sites of the world...
You're saying this will hurt the traditional / Breaking Newsers of the world...Why the disconnect?
2 months, 4 weeks ago on The Facebook content game: Who will win and who will lose?
I'd be interested in hearing more of your thoughts on this...
3 months ago on Here come the mediata startups
I like your post Sarah but I feel like you're talking past the argument a bit. You're arguing the intangible spirit while others argue infrastructure, concentration of talent / wealth, and other more systemic issues that keep different cities, or more importantly, the startups in those locales, from succeeding.
You'll get no complaint from me about separating a startup's purpose from a lifestyle aspiration often idolized by blogs or mimicked by Hollywood. Nor will you get a complaint from me about how the more you care, the better you are. Total agreement with that.
I just would challenge that there are a lot of people outside the valley who care about what they do. To claim that they're in it for the wrong reasons, seems more like a broad generalization that could apply to people inside and outside the valley.
Going back to the intangible stuff for a second - I've never been a fan of the "Who/What/Where will be the next _______?" Be it the next Nirvana, Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Portland, Facebook, President, Big Thing, etc. If your goal is to be the answer to that question, you already have the wrong motives. Just be your idea or your city or you.
Authenticity, timing, and creating a receptive audience determine much of our success but we can only control so much of that. Anyways, FWIW, enjoyed your post. Hopefully I don't come across as a troll or anything... lol.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Maybe Silicon Valley companies succeed because their founders care more about what they do than where they do it
@TonySwish Agree with you on the sentiments but let me get this straight... You want all of us millennials (Whom BTW are already stereotyped as "know it alls") to get in the faces of "old people" and mock them for being ignorant, unaware, and for embracing technology they're familiar with... primarily due to the era in which they were born?
I gotta be honest. Mockery and being an asshole doesn't work very well, except on shallow people who then only agree with you to avoid mockery, not because they actually get it or agree with you... Which seems to be what you're really mad about. Mockery doesn't build relationships or spread knowledge, but it does build egos and spread divisive behavior.
This recent "there's no reason for ignorance" mentality is just pretentious, lazy, ego-fueled bullshit. There are a ton of reasons why people are ignorant. It's like when right wingers say "There's no reason for people being poor or on welfare". Ummm, yea there are and if you actually gave a s***, you'd undertand why that is.
Your problem isn't old people or baby boomers. Your problem is a combination of systemic flaws in our social, electoral, and political culture that rewards an environment where the ignorant few decide for the masses. I'd agree with that. However, as a fellow millennial, I'd ask that you add a little more nuance to your perspective before speaking on behalf of all of us.
Also, historically-speaking, a lot of Boomers and Xers who would have voiced similar frustrations as yours from their era. And again, totally agree with your frustrations. I just think your "fuck off" solution is a bad idea.
8 months, 1 week ago on Stop bitching about Millennials
@ioowilly @daveplantz Fantastic point.
There are just too many other correlations for us to point to (Economy, variable life-stages, culture and traditions, etc) for us to make a sweeping generalization about the mindset of a certain generation.
If the economy were to stabilize and we were to wait another five to ten years for millennials to all be in a more similar life-stage, we could probably draw better conclusions about the millennial mindset.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Stop bitching about Millennials
I find that millennial "articles" always read like a blog entry in Stuff White People Like.
They tend to ignore the millions of millennials who weren't educated after high school, were teen moms/dads, grew up in poverty, or just grow up to be like their parents and get a job, live in the burbs, and drive a car. The anti-corporate, entrepreneurial, culturally enlightened, socially tolerant, urban living, musically discerned, and constantly connected multitasking (I hate that term) millennial almost seems like a mainstreamed variant on the whole hipster sub-culture of the aughts.
When the majority of millennials haven't even had a child yet, I would suggest it's kind of tough to generalize the adjectives we should associate with them as compared to older generations with different priorities (Family, Retirement, Health, etc).
This is a nice analysis of social media from a perspective of news. However, from the perspective of public opinion, it was as shallow and pathetic as ever.
Too many people were using the tragedy to validate their world-views or at the very least, writing alternative hypotheses in order to prepare themselves for the onslaught of cognitive dissonance once experts and authorities reveal who's behind it and how they did it.
Apologies for the rant, but it seemed like a lot of people couldn't wait to speculate who's fault this is and how they've always been opposed to the group they've speculated. What happened to listening, learning, and then adjusting our political identities, views, and associations accordingly.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Boston marathon: Has social media coverage finally matured?
Agree that the whole "apps vs people" thing is PR spin. Honestly, 'Home' doesn't feel like it's designed for me (In my early 30s).
I begin my day with personal things like texts, emails, calendars, tasks, and maybe an app or two. Facebook doesn't come into play until after those things. I'm going to guess there are a lot of people like that. When I was 18, 'Home' would have been everything I needed.
One other criticism, most of my friends and family are not shooting images like the high end DSLR shots FB is using in the home mockups. I have a feeling the cover screen I'd be stuck with, would look grainier and feature a lot of pictures of food, memes, or political crap. Or some advertisement...
11 months, 1 week ago on Facebook Home doesn’t matter, but its vision does
I still don't "get" instagram. I turned 30 this year... that must be my problem. ;-)
1 year, 2 months ago on The more uproars over terms of service we see, the less any of them matter
Radio's "last bastion" is that it's a limited, walled garden with access to the majority of people's cars and stereos utilizing a standard called the public airwaves.
If Radical really wants to "kill" traditional radio, I would suggest that it isn't dumbed-down enough. Easy access to millions of tracks and giving people the ability to talk is not attacking tradition radio's revenue model.
Traditional radio makes money on just a few things: National Talk Radio deals, NFL / NBA / MLB sports deals, heavily researched 20 - 30 song rotations (for contemporary music) or 50 - 60 song rotations (for classic hit music) that contextually tie-in together.
If the goal is to do a modern, legal, and social version of the old Live365, I love what they're doing.
If the goal is to actually kill traditional radio, Radical would do better to let people 'create a format' and limit them to 20 song playlists that can only evolve weekly. Or let them provide their own play-by-play over Lakers games. Or let them add commentary to Rush Limbaugh.
1 year, 7 months ago on Radical.fm Goes After Traditional Radio’s “Last Bastion of Security”
@Marc Chambers I agree but I think we're talking two different things. You're arguing that innovation exists in the media tech world. I agree that it exists. We could probably debate some of your specific examples but I would agree overall.
I'm simply saying that the innovation in media tech on a professional level TODAY, is nowhere near as good as the innovation in media tech on a consumer level. Your average 40 year old can now load HD video for people to see with a cell phone, quicker, than a 40 year old HD television station with a staff of 300. Your average wedding videographer can now look just as good, if not better, than your average network television sitcom. Your average mac owner can produce music that sounds as good as a music producer from 5 years ago in a pro studio.
The lines between consumer-grade and professional-grade have blurred so much that many pros are now choosing what were developed at one point as consumer-grade technology.
Thus, my criticism that "Professional" media technology companies aren't driving the innovation. The consumer companies are.
1 year, 10 months ago on It’s Time to Stop Talking About the Death of Big Media
@alanhuynh There's a big difference between a product with a shelf life like "Game of Thrones" and a product with almost zero shelf life, like news and current events. There's also a difference between "paper plate" products (news, pop music, network sitcoms, direct to DVD movies, etc) and "fine china" products (movies, serial dramas on cable nets, basically anything critically acclaimed and meant to be so). CNN mass produces paper plate products and they do it pretty well. Could they do it more efficiently? Absolutely and they will over time.
But every time a major media outlet, that makes paper plates all day, tries to create a finer piece of china, it often fails. Their current audience, who expects paper plates, isn't interested. The audience that likes fine china, never sees the outlet as a place for quality and doesn't tune in. It's almost impossible for CNN or a media outlet that produces "paper plates" to do anything other than what they do without taking a big revenue hit. It's like asking Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, or Nickelback to do an artsy, innovative, musical concept album. It's not that they couldn't... The Beatles transitioned from teen pop to critical acclaim. But it's risky, difficult, and the people pulling the strings likely won't allow it.
Yes. somebody needs to innovate in television production, but it's going to have to be from the outside. CNN is a news company, not a tech developer, and it's likely they don't have the internal will (at least at a leadership level) to build a truly better product. It's hard to justify staff expansions for "non-priority" things like innovation when everyone else in the industry is laying off people.
Media nets, instead, buy their "innovation" (IE technology and production equipment) from over-priced companies like GrassValley or AVID. But there's no incentive for GV or AVID to innovate because it would hurt their profits. And the one company who did push them all to innovate, Apple, seems to be leaving the professional market (See Final Cut X and likely Logic X).
This is the problem all across the enterprise and professional software world. Consumer-level software is actually better but the companies that do it well, see little monetary incentive to translate that to the professional markets.
@kaimac Apologies... It's not the sole reason, no, but when you know how the sausage is made, you understand why it could happen. And, I make the "vapid nonsense" (which I thought I was clear about) so I'm not trying to be judgey as much as make the point that if the audience was to change their tastes, the directions of these shows would change too.
1 year, 11 months ago on An Open Letter To Randi Zuckerberg: How Could You Do This to Real Entrepreneurs?
It's a good letter but your beef should also be with reality tv and the people who watch it.
It's kind of naive to expect anything else from Bravo. They're all about showcasing the exciting / dramatic lives of rich and "aspirational" people (whether housewives or rich people or business owners or entrepreneurs). Think about it. This past year their show Real Housewives basically drove a guy to suicide. They then kept the show going. It's absolutely awful.
People don't even know how this stuff is made. I've made similar shows so I know. They have editor assistants who comb through the footage looking not only for stories, but for quick moments of weird facial expressions, physical movements, or off-hand, out-of-context quotes that could "enhance" a story. Then, they'll replay or mention the pre-assembled controversies for the characters / actors / participants when they go to shoot the "talking head" interviews to get an over-reaction. After they have their four or five necessary controversies for the episode, they bring in a sound designer to work with the producer/editors whose sole job is to create moments of tension (that happen to build prior to commercial break, in order to keep viewers). After that, the show is pretty much done and the process repeats.
The reason these shows seem so petty is because that's all there is that's "exciting" to audiences or tv executives who have creative, final say. Save an "aha" moment, no tv producer will show brainstorm sessions or people simply writing code. You'll likely see those things in the transitional montages between scenes to either show the passage of time or alert the audience of a new setting. So what's left if you don't show the work? Their personal lives... and THAT'S what Bravo wants.
These shows are built around familiar personalities and personality clashes. Silicon Valley is simply the prop in the case of this show. They did a brief show about songwriters and music producers and it was the same thing. Producers and songwriters were ticked because that's not their lives at all.
The sad part is that people enjoy watching sensationalized, superficial garbage.