“Anytime you have a customer base as frustrated as the traditional cable providers’ customers are,” Beck says, citing a cb24 study that indicates that 53 percent of cable customers say they would leave their cable provider if they hand another viable alternative for TV, “you have an environment that’s ripe for technology companies to disrupt it.” via Internet TV’s Big Chance to Oust Cable Is Almost Here | WIRED.

Meanwhile, the film industry was considering what the addition of color meant as a narrative device. "Something living had been brought into the world that was not there before," the Broadway set designer Robert Edmond Jones wrote in 1935 of the newly honed Technicolor process. The Wizard of Oz, in 1939, employed one of the most famous uses of Technicolor as narrative: the moment when Dorothy leaves her sepia-toned reality for the colorful land of Oz. It was in the 1930s, too, that Technicolor cameramen, previously seen as mere technicians, were beginning to be honored for their artistic work. via How Technicolor Changed Storytelling – The Atlantic.

i do post on net neutrality issues quite often. this is really, really important stuff. it’s a very dirty business, and our freedom of speech is literally on the line. Time Warner Cable's 97 Percent Profit Margin on High-Speed Internet Service Exposed | Bruce Kushnick.

The deal should remind investors to take a closer look at today’s hottest tech startups, says Columbia Business School professor Rita Gunther McGrath. via 15 years later, lessons from the failed AOL-Time Warner merger. The commentary correctly identifies that AOL’s business model was connectivity. But I take it step further: it did not value it’s customers as a community.

@mat just won it. incredible piece. if you work online in content or advertising in any way, you have to read it. Inside the Buzz-Fueled Media Startups Battling for Your Attention | WIRED.

A brilliant essay that captures how the ethics of journalism and the time-honored practices of choosing stories for their perceived newsworthiness and how we tell them – can really, really hurt us all. Supporters of fossil fuel and deniers of climate change love to trade in stories like the one about Ivanpah, individual tales that make renewable energy seem counterproductive, perverse. Stories cannot so readily capture the far larger avian death toll from coal, gas and nuclear power generation. Benjamin Sovacool, an energy-policy expert, looked into the deaths of birds at wind farms (where the blades can chop them down) and concluded that per gigawatt hour, nuclear power plants kill more than twice as many birds and fossil-fuel plants kill[…]

So, inside that Medium Piece by David Gehring is this: Online Chaos Demands Radical Action by Journalism to Earn Trust — Medium. Ok, looks like we need to have a little reality check here. It’s not about trust, it’s about dollars. Looking only at the Pew survey they’re using skews the basic issue in the wrong direction. Again, it looks at the audience, not the customer. Yes, the audience is important, but just having a big audience only gets you so far. Is it a valuable audience – valuable to advertisers and one that your sales people know how to sell to? Online especially, if you don’t monetize traffic, it is an expense. And it is an expense that can[…]

Interesting piece by Dave Gehring over at Medium: Earned Trust + Partnerships = New value for Old News brands — Medium. My friend Amy Webb shared it with me over on Facebook. I replied with a bit of a rant, and here it is: I hope this gets through to people finally. It’s not particularly provocative to me, and certainly not new. This says everything I’ve been saying for years, both on blogs – even as far back as lost remote – and in conferences. And Robert Hernandez has beat the drum also. But people have been tone deaf, perhaps now the time is right and David clicks. We essentially said that ads were good, and the newspaper could be[…]

There’s significant momentum for publishers toward increasing the production of video content, on account of both the strength of video as a medium for storytelling and high video CPMs as advertisers begin to move their TV spends online see the Chicago Tribune’s coverage for one example. An increase in video content across the board, of course, means that it’s all the more important that we have a sense of which parts of our audience we can hope to reach with video. To that end, below is a brief survey of the state of online audiences and their consumption of video. When visitors land on a text-based article, in almost all circumstances they read some portion of the article’s content. The[…]