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How connectivity is revolutionizing everything

Media: We are all media now

by Mathew Ingram

In a world of connected devices and always-on networks, everyone is now a member of the media. While the full ramifications of this are still becoming clear, they have already been profound: Social-media tools that allow anyone to become a publisher have created a democracy of distribution that has torn down the barriers between the media and everyday life.

News consumers who used to stick to one or two newspapers and a TV channel are using Twitter, Google+ and apps like Flipboard to curate their own news from a variety of sources — some of them mainstream, but many of them not.

Newspapers and magazines aren’t the only forms of traditional media that have been — and continue to be — disrupted by the web. Books are also undergoing a transformation as they become digital. Amazon’s Kindle platform has created an explosion of e-books, and helped to fuel a rise in self-publishing that has turned formerly ignored authors into industry superstars almost overnight. And Amazon is causing even more upheaval in the publishing business by signing authors to its own publishing imprints, promising them things traditional agencies can’t (or won’t) offer.

All this upheaval is causing turmoil in these industries: Newspapers are closing their doors, magazines are ceasing publication, and the remaining players are scrambling to launch iPad and Facebook apps or erect paywalls in an attempt to shore up their crumbling bottom lines. Book retailers such as Borders have filed for bankruptcy, and some publishers are clearly rattled by Amazon’s incursions into their business.

What lies ahead for some or all of these industries as the media continues to evolve and become more connected? We’ll hear more on this from media execs like Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Pandora’s CTO Tom Conrad, and CBS Interactive’s President Jim Lanzone at GigaOM RoadMap.

13 Responses to “How connectivity is revolutionizing everything”

  1. Odile Beniflah

    For trips that are not too far, carpooling is a great travel option to go anywhere instantly. In Europe, it is very popular: students love it for last minute travel when trains or planes are full or too expensive. Mobile apps give you access to rides anywhere: a great back-up plan when you are stuck at the airport and your flight is cancelled.

  2. If you’re in the UK and interested in collaborative consumption, check out A marketplace to lend and borrow your everyday goods, skills and spaces with other’s locally and beyond!

  3. took you long enough :-) Holonomy, david bohm, karl pribram… the interconnectenes theory and holonomics, et al, have been waiting for the market to catch up so they (these innately interconnected works from both physics and neuropsych) could be their as guides… For me , I have waited almost 30 yrs for the marketplace.. my own human and hu-sys evolutionary ontology, and associated products born from it – “The EvoReVo!”, EcoMind, OneMind, LeToonz and LeCozmos, and the LeToonz Ah-Ha and Flo (and other) characters-as-variables within the next big shell/OS shift platform, apps and metrics. Thanks for working at punching a whole into the next wave.

    • @sdinfoserv, Your comment makes me think of a recent talk I saw from Thomas Friedman. His message: Basically in this connected world people can’t afford to be average anymore, there’s too much competition with people competing for jobs on a global scale.

  4. Thomas Curtin

    @akash agarwal I agree, but why not extend this to other aspects of driving, instead of issuing speeding citations police could just send a standard bill for excessive speeds. We could reduce the cost of policing the roads. Just saying this makes me cringe btw…