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Must realize that digital media is not producing much revenue

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

12 May, 2017

Dear Business Editor:

Business Editor Jane Atherton (7 May) notes that the rise of Google, Facebook and other social media have led to crippling declines in advertising revenue for print media. This implies that media companies like Fairfax and NZME should be able to overcome this threat by reworking their emphasis out of print and into digital.  But this fails to take into account that social media revenues are not primarily going to media companies but to big communication such as Google and Facebook which are not in the business of journalism. Read the rest of this entry »

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Response to Robert Borosage of OurFuture.org (USA)

‘Perverse populism’ is a good term. But what is different today is that the necessary response to climate change (for sustainability, survivability) requires more fundamental change than progressive populism. The whole ‘consumer man’ culture (exploitation), in which right wing populism and progressive populism are both imbedded, is indicted. The election of Trump, Brexit, the mafia type in the Phillipines, the rise of xenophobic parties in Europe, etc., are intuitive responses from the terror of fundamental change. Naomi Klein in “This Changes Everything” tries to put a soft face on it but the ‘populist’ response today is, for now, of a nature that people will want to preserve any bit of consumer man they can grasp for as long as it lasts (probably not very long) and the centuries (millenially?) long devotion to exploitation as the cultural norm is seeing them accept more inequality.
Thanks,
Richard Keller

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