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Archives: November 2007

About Those Predictions I Was Seeking For '08

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 30

Thanks to all who commented on my request for media predictions for ’08 (discussion continues in the comments section on this post), as well as those who emailed me or...

Grouchy Old Man Interior Dialogue Of The Day

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 27

Inner Old Man #1: I don’t like that the Presidential campaign gets covered as a horse race, but, fine, I'll concede that, at the end of the day, it is...

Will Google Own Content in 2010?

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 23

This week’s column is about what some execs perceive as a competition among the big players in online advertising and online ad networks—yes,: AOL, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo-- for quality traffic,...

Seeking Predictions For ‘08

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 21

Suggestions gratefully accepted: What are two or three things that will happen in media and advertising in 2008? In 2007 the weaknesses in newspapers business models finally began crushing their...

David Brooks Mourns Passing Of Simpler, More Innocent Time In Media; Is Troubled By Crazy Noise The Kids Listen To; Raises Concerns He Is Actually 400 Years Old

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 20

Under the guise of writing about a segmented society, the New York TImes' David Brooks ends up flogging a very, very tired (and distressingly baby boomer-culture-centric) argument about the perils...

Resolved: A New Way To Measure Music Sales!

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 15

I was mulling over CD sales of a pal’s band, which have hit around 25,000 in the US. Not shabby, for the kind of band they are. (Broadly: oddball, brainy,...

Kevin Martin: Um, About That Political Savviness . . .

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 15

Where I saw some political savvy on the part of FCC Chairman Kevin Martin’s recent moves, Portfolio’s Jeff Bercovici only saw tone-deafedness. To steal a phrase from Mickey Kaus, he...

Kevin Martin: Savvy Political Operator. Less Savvy When It Comes To Policy

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 13

When he was running the FCC, Michael Powell did not lack for grand plans to deregulate most of everything. He did not succeed in doing so. But his successor, Kevin...

Two Quotes From a Quick Visit To A Media Conference

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 08

…specifically the Media and Money Conference. “I think the shareholders are out of their minds. . . . [The deal] was based on a debt package that can’t be replicated....

Boiling Down Time Warner's Situation Into A Few Sentences

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 08

A. AOL ad growth underperforming Web ad growth = very bad. B. Every CEO needs a narrative for his company. Dick Parsons’ story was “I am going to calm this...

An In-Depth Interview With Jann Wenner

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 02

(It is Friday, October 26. Jann Wenner is sitting at his desk, glasses pushed up on his head, marking up and showing off an editor’s letter from the third fortieth...


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