Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Aggregation Goes Ass Backwards

We’ve only just successfully lured the Greatest Generation onto the internet, enabling grandma to throw a sheep at you any time she wants. There are finally enough reliable aggregation sources that we need only hit a few sites to get a good overview of the news each day. Life 2.0 is nicely streamlined and in sync with technology. Which is why you have to applaud a visionary like Joshua Karp for wanting to take a great leap backwards!

Wired’s “New Media Venture Turns Bloggers Into Print Journalists” tells the tale of an entrepreneur who is launching a twice-daily print version of blogs:

“Why hasn’t anyone tried to take the best content and bring it offline?” said Karp, who thinks print media is far from dying.

Hate to break it to you, Karp, but taking something from the web and turning it into print is hardly a revolutionary idea, and rarely a lucrative one.

Unlike other End of Nighers, I don’t think print media is completely doomed, not necessarily anyway. But the march towards digitalization will continue, and reversing the successful web aggregation formula for print? Well, were I the kind of person prone to posting pictures with humorous text overlays, I’d show you one that implies they are not going about this in the right way. But I’m not that kind of person, so you’ll just have to wait until you can pick up a copy of The Printed Blog on your morning commute.


Sex Mahoney for President said...

Print media will make a nice comeback when there's no more electricity; of course, we won't have much time for reading then, what with all the apes, zombies, and robots constantly threatening to enslave us.

smd said...

Which is why we should be glad that there are print editions of some of our greatest natural resources.