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Back to the future: What if the 'mass media' era was just an accident of history?

Back to the future: What if the 'mass media' era was just an accident of history? | Future of Publishing | Scoop.it
We are used to thinking of a “mass media” market made up of large newspapers and TV networks as the normal state of affairs in media, but what if that was just a historical anomaly?

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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, May 11, 2013 7:11 PM

Interesting post by Mathew Ingram. It reminds me of a similar observation Mick Jagger made about recorded music. He noted that artists only made money from records from roughly 1970 to 1997: in the 60's and before, mass consumption hadn't developed enough for artists to get enough leverage against their record labels while after 1997, piracy and digital music dramtically change the whole recorded music model.


For all Content Industries including Music, Movies and Media, the anormal situation might therefore not as much be what technology did in the last few years than what it did a century ago.


When it comes to media content, technology improvements have known 2 distinct eras, one of which very recent:


- from the invention of writing until the Web 2.0, progresses have primarily focused on offering greater and greater distribution : the book, the printing press, the rotary printing press, radio, TV and event the Web 1.0 all gave access to a wider audience to a small group of content creators;


- but from the social Web's beginning, we started to talk about user-generated content and everyone could potentially become a publisher: with blogs and social media, content creation and then even content curation itself are being democratized.


So I don't know if I agree with Ingram's point that historically mass media didn't exist (if the Bible isn't mass media, what is?) but we're certainly not coming back to a 1-to-many broadcast model.

Martin Debattista's curator insight, May 13, 2013 3:34 PM

Social media, personal as it is, still depends on global companies doing business on a global level. Facebook with its almost 1,000 million users? Twitter? Google? Aren't they in the field to make a profit?

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Self-publishing has become a cult

Self-publishing has become a cult | Future of Publishing | Scoop.it
I happily self-published my novella.But I want a traditional deal for my novel, and old friends call me a heathen (RT @JasonThibault: Self-publishing has become a cult - http://t.co/rSNpVwnrOL)...
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Augmented reality fiction | Blog | Futurismic

Augmented reality fiction | Blog | Futurismic | Future of Publishing | Scoop.it
Interesting stuff in this article...

http://t.co/rJmj68Ptri http://t.co/N8uERudIlu

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Lisa Bu: How books can open your mind | Video on TED.com

What happens when a dream you've held since childhood … doesn't come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself.

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, June 1, 2013 5:47 AM

interesting.

 

When reading becomes self-assigned, discoveries are more welcome than ever.

 

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