Brian Fuller's blog on the media, marketing and content creation

Saint Steven frets about blogger nation

Steve Jobs could belch and get national play. He did so this week at All Things D, where he said he doesn’t want to see us descend into a nation of bloggers. We must do everything in our power to find ways The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, etc. can continue to get […]

EDN closes the audience gap with EE Times

Update: Note that the Compete.com data cited in this post and the chart come from 2 million Compete.com users in North America. The numbers are not represented as absolutes of EE Times or EDN actual traffic, which a subscription company like Omniture can provide, but as projections. These numbers are only used to show a […]

National Enquirer Schools Mainstream Media; Film at 11

In times as weird as these, it’s perhaps not surprising that one publication doing real journalism is — gasp — the National Enquirer. Ok, maybe its former editor in chief, David Perel, is a bit defensive this morning, but his point is well taken. Perel writes about his publication’s tireless efforts to break former presidential […]

Has the advertising free-fall slowed?

Don’t break out the Champagne just yet, but signs are emerging that perhaps the advertising collapse for newspapers and magazines is slowing and leveling off. Still, publications have a long way to go to get with the program. The Wall Street Journal reported this week: A year-end flurry of ad spending helped moderate steep declines […]

The future of media? Not as bad as you think

What’s the future of media? Michael Arrington worries about the end of hand-crafted content. So what really scares me? It’s the rise of fast food content that will surely, over time, destroy the mom and pop operations that hand craft their content today. It’s the rise of cheap, disposable content on a mass scale, force […]

What’s killing newspapers? Newsrooms

The last two mornings, I’ve arisen before sunrise, I shuffled out into the chill, damp air and seen the most amazing sight in front of our garage: a pig…. …with lipstick. I have heard about pigs with lipstick; read about pigs with lipstick but until this morning had never seen a pig with lipstick. In […]

The Future of News (is “pretty clear”)

Summary: The future of news needs not only to leverage all of us but it needs to be visual. Say what you will, but the kid’s timing is impeccable. On a day that saw news break that newspaper circulation continues its freefall (nowhere faster than my hometown newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle -25%) and a […]

Media, heal thyself

Leave it to someone with the pen name “detonater” to speak truth to power. “Detonater” weighed in on a San Francisco Chronicle story this morning reporting on a “future of media” summit in Berkeley. Author James Temple’s take was this: Rapidly advancing technology may be to blame for the news industry’s present predicament, but the […]

The Future of Media-Toothpaste Edition

Can we put the toothpaste back in the tube? Two great opinion pieces I read over the weekend raised that question in my pointy little head. Kevin Morris, of FPGA Journal, and Peter Kann, former publisher of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones chairman, weigh in from slightly different perspectives on the devolution of […]

Micropayments are macro-b.s.

The headline is amusing in and of itself: Google Plans Tools to Help News Media Charge for Content Miguel Helft, otherwise clear-eyed reporter for the New York Times, writes deadpan: Google is planning to roll out a system of micropayments within the next year and hopes that newspapers will use it as they look for […]

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