Big lumpy clumpy balls of crap

Leading on from the previous post about the coolness of chaos…   Have you ever had to deal with a big lumpy piece of complex old software that was written years ago, then updated countless times, new bits added on, a new guy adding another bit, bolt-ons, sticking plasters and fixes… until it’s a big slow cumbersome piece of crap nobody can change or work with?   That’s pretty much industry as it stands – and other big systems for that matter (e.g. government, education). Since the industrial revolution, we’ve... Read The Rest →

The most effective form of distribution

It was a sad day when the Pirate Bay guys – Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde – were been banged up and ordered to pay $4.5m damages. “There has been a perception that piracy is OK and that the music industry should just have to accept it. This verdict will change that,” said International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) chairman John Kennedy. Unbelievable. And it gets worse: “The trial of the operators of The Pirate Bay was about defending the rights of creators, confirming... Read The Rest →

Get out of the way

A few words on the publishing industry, inspired Alan Rusbridger’s [Editor in Chief, Guardian Media] recent comment that “These are the last printing presses we’ll ever buy”; and by an email I just received which included the quote “I would never read a book if I could talk half an hour with the person who wrote it”. Decline factors… - Inefficient many‐to‐many supply chain = high levels of wastage - Risk adverse publishers hamper the emergence of new authors - Entry to distribution channels is a fundamental barrier to new publishers setting up - Market data isn’t successfully harnessed to allow better decision making on which titles to produce - Publishers place more emphasis on fulfilling orders than on understanding customer needs - ICT adoption is... Read The Rest →

Times they are a-changin

It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in… marketing, music, film, publishing, media… we’ve got to face up to the fact that open and transparent services are the future. So hand over control to the people, earn trust, have conversations as opposed to indulging in monologues / broadcasting / messaging and promote enablement, not prevention / hindrance. Thumbs up: Gerd Leonard: http://www.mediafuturist.com/ Radiohead: http://www.radiohead.com Thumbs down: Hakan Roswall, IFPI: http://torrentfreak.com/the-pirate-bay-trial-day-10-calls-for-jail-time-090302/ Feargal Sharkey, UK Music: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7722340.stm Duh! As Bob Dylan said: Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around... Read The Rest →

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