What I read – 2010-10-27

  • The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet « Wired – Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff find the Web to lose its dominance to other Internet applications, namely apps. While both authors agree that the feasibility of advertisement and paid content plays a driving role in this change, Anderson argues that it is embraced by users longing for smooth usability; Wolff on the other hand sees old media-style entrepreneurs seeking control over content pushing this development forward. The latter interprets this as a capitalist normalization process, and Anderson finds it concerning mostly the commercial content side of the digital economy. He adds that the demise of the "delirious chaos of the open Web" is not so much of a problem, since the Internet is the real revolution, and is still evolving.
  • All Programs Considered « The New York Review of Books – Bill McKibben notes that radio, despite its pervasiveness, receives surprisingly little critical attention. He finds that over the last one and a half decades, boosted by the new distribution way in form of podcasts, new, more personally engaged and increasingly in-depth radio reporting has come up in the US. Yet public radio's decentralized structure hinders its spread, and a business model for podcasts is still to be found.

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