So you have all heard us talk about the infamous The Media is Dying twitter feed. The man behind the tweets has shared with us many interesting tidbits about the world of print media. Day after day the tweets pile on about CEOs of magazines and newspapers shifting gears and leaving. Not to mention the countless bankruptcy announcements and transitions planned to move the printed publications online.
Named Armstrong, the former communications manager at MySpace.com, the tweeter behind The Media is Dying has written an article for Businessweek online, and has expressed his thoughts and possible reasons for the current state of printed media. Some things are obvious, and some things are not. Here is a quote that hits close to the Dirk+Weiss philosophy:
“So where does this leave us? The days of information monopoly are over, and that’s a fundamental shift. And the industry should be further along than it is. Rather than saying, “Here’s everything we think is relevant to you—and we even put it in sections!” how about, “What do you want to know about today?” Or, for even greater efficiency: “Tick these boxes, and we’ll make a newspaper just for you.” -Armstrong, Businessweek