the internets are full of people buzzing about the end of newspapers and the demise of radio. the problems, as always, is money. how do you make money in newspapers or on the radio? i won’t pretend to know the answer, but i feel confident that entities that refuse to acknowledge the winds of change will end up adrift and eventually lost for good. adam carolla began his podcast almost immediately after the demise of talk radio 97.1. smart move. in the last 2 days, the podcast is already well over 250k downloads. in less than a week, it has become the number one itunes podcast on the Top Ten list. i can’t think of a precedent for a top level player making this sort of transition. there probably is a way to make money with these numbers, and one interesting detail is that it may not even involve advertisers. the subscription model alone seems intriguing/viable considering the cost/expense numbers. we seem to be at the beginning of a paradigm where you can pay a la carte for just the content you want. i say beginning because we are now seeing a “buy-in” from a top tier level of talent. also, the personality in question now has total control of the ship. will adam lead the way to a new form of talk entertainment distribution? will television eventually make the same leap? that seems harder.
whenever nerds gather to discuss aliens in film and television, there’s typically a general agreement that most fictional “aliens” end up looking essentially humanoid because that is the less expensive/less difficult way to do it. this is seen as a shortcoming because we much prefer to believe that actual aliens would be so incredibly different from us that our current definition of life would have to be torn up and thrown in the dumpster.
came across this great blog post and wanted to share it with y’all. the original writer definitely has chops, and actually the debate and discussion that followed his article are equally interesting. there may be some hot air here, but for the most part the quality of the writing and discussion makes up for that. worth your time. fyi also noted that dave gibbons facebooked about a meeting with a finance guru who feels a global depression coming…. yuck.
as we enter the great depression 2.0, more people will be looking for affordability from their health plans. usually this means HMO. is this a good option for you? as part of your decision making process, may i suggest googling “mandatory binding arbitration” plus the name of whatever HMO you are considering.