Another Crack At Bloggingheads.tv, In Which A Cagey Robert Wright Forces Me Into Acting All Pollyanna And Stuff

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 23, 2009

Noted author and bloggingheads.tv impresario Robert Wright was kind enough to have me back for another bloggingheads episode. As he said in the, uhm, “diavlog” he hadn’t gotten much sleep in the past two nights and thus was even grouchier than normal about the prospects of the media business (particularly as they relate to his own livelihood).

Although I was thus cruelly forced into glass-half-full mode (as the screenshot indicates), Robert was kind enough to give me a platform to spew off some thought about media that I hadn’t quite expressed elsewhere. Like this, on the book industry. I am actually reasonably convinced that the saving grace for books is that many are bought to be given away as a gift, even though they thus go more or less unread:

The full hourlong episode is here, or just click on the image below.

Reader Comments

dan peer

January 23, 2009 6:19 PM

I am trying to contact Jon Fine - I want to bring something to his attention that he might find interesting. There doesn't seem to be any way to do so.
Why do you people make it so hard to contact you? why isn't there an easy way to contact him by email, even here, on his own blog? for someone who specializes in communication etc. it is ridiculous to completely shut himself off from his own readers! is this the best you can do to communicate with your subscribers? this is very poor and unprofessional.

Jon Fine

January 23, 2009 6:31 PM

Dan:
all comments get fed to my email address, which is jon_fine@businessweek.com.
Jon

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