, mildly flawed but nonetheless interesting article in NetSlaves called The Failure of Tech Journalism, by Steve Gilliard. He could have stayed just a touch more on-topic. The bits about Salon were right on, IMO, but a bit out of place. Could have been a couple of different, though related, articles. Maybe.
of the end of my summer was that I watched a lot of Big Brother. It was fascinating – a complete and utter failure in a dozen or more ways. Bill Wyman wrote a good wrap-up, Reality flops, in Salon. But the reasons for the show’s failure might be more basic than that. Go back to Alexis de Tocqueville – he called it. There has always been a tension in North America between the lip service paid to individualism and the dictates of the group. Big Brother just served as evidence that this tension continues to exist. It was all about punishing anyone who stepped out of line, who distinguished her- or himself in any way. It was like the houseguests were in a trench – as soon as one of their heads popped up, wham, it was lopped off by the North American public. Truly pathetic.
-wringing over content and it’s viability in the grand scheme of the web in Salon.com’s article, Remember when content was king? It is totally feasible to make money, and lots of it, doing content on the web. Lots of companies are doing it. It’s just that the answer isn’t obvious, and doesn’t involve trying to mimic Vanity Fair, the New York Times, or the National Enquirer.