November 17th, 2005

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All by itself, this justifies the $8.95 a month.

Hugh Hewitt declares, The Revolution Is Upon Us. Fortunately, I don't have to run home and grab Masha and a box of ammo. The article refers to AOL launching online video of the following shows:

Adventures of Brisco County Jr., Alice, Babylon 5, Beetlejuice, Chico and the Man, Dark Justice, Eight is Enough, F Troop, The F.B.I., Falcon Crest, Freakazoid, Freddy's Nightmares, The Fugitive, Growing Pains, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Head of the Class, Histeria!, Kung Fu, La Femme Nikita, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Maverick, The New Adventures of Batman, Perfect Strangers, Pinky and the Brain, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Sisters, Spenser: For Hire, V, Welcome Back, Kotter, and Wonder Woman.

Hugh is amazed that they've got F Troop on there, considering it "the most politically incorrect show ever made." Me, I'm just grateful that I'm getting a shot at catching up on a bunch of shows whose DVD sets I can't afford for the foreseeable future. Anyway, Hugh goes on to cite this as the beginning of the end for the networks as people become more and more able to download whatever they want to watch from the Internet whenever they want to watch it. It'll work the other way, too: people can also upload stuff, and will do so more than they already do. Podcasts and internet radio are just the beginning. As Ed Driscoll comments,
the idea of New York and Hollywood dominating pop culture may begin to fade with a speed that will only grow expontentially.

There are a lot of us, not all in the ranks of the social conservative movement, who will see this as a feature, not a bug.

EDIT: On the other hand, as Gnat's Dad reminds us, we've heard this song before about a different medium, and it wasn't true then, either.

In any case, newspapers are dead, the experts assure us. Pity, but these things happen. Media rise and fall. People move on. Why, once upon a time, millions of Americans got their news and opinions by listening to the AM band of the radio. AM radio! Really.

Who could imagine such a thing today?
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Not exactly what I thought it was going to be

I've been following the evolution of Pajamas Media, now apparently to be called Open Source Media until the lawyers tell them to knock it off with some bemusement. Unlike Dennis the Peasant, who admittedly has an axe to grind, or the lefties at Daily Kos and MyDD who hate competition (especially hard libertarian competition) I don't really have a dog in this fight. Yeah, PM/OSM has a lot of bloggers involved who I read on a fairly regular basis, but I don't think I'll be dropping by the OSM portal much because I think Steven den Beste and Ann Althouse are correct in their criticisms of the business model and the way Simon and Johnson have handled things, i.e. poorly.

What really keeps me from checking the site out, though, is that I really don't like the way S&J a have handled the constructive criticism from people who rather clearly know their stuff and are pointing out why they really don't want to be involved with something that has the stench of 1990 dot-bomb business culture all over it. Granted that I haven't spent a whole lot of time obsessively reading the ad contracts and following the discussions of what PM/OSM is supposed to be, but it's never really been clear to me that Simon and Johnson had the same vision of the business either. Sure, they both agree that this could be a possible competitor to the MSM, but then things kinda get fuzzy. Is OSM going to be a hard libertarian version of Indymedia? Trimming the number of bloggers involved from 300+ to 70 would seem to argue against that. Is OSM going to be a political portal like Daily Kos or MyDD? Answer unclear, try again later.

We'll see how well they do once they figure out what it is they're going to do. Right now, despite the big fancy launch in New York, I'm not convinced these people have any idea whatsoever what they want to do or how it is they want to do it, aside from selling ads.

UPDATE: Dennis the Peasant explains why political blogs don't make a lot of money, while Iowahawk explains in great detail how the OSM business model actually works. He doesn't say so, but I'm pretty sure underpants gnomes are involved somehow. Via The Bride and The Blog Formerly Known As USS Clueless.

Oh, man, you HAD to go there and drag me with you!

Uh oh...

...there it is.

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Not posted from work for fairly obvious reasons. >_<

EDIT: It's also worth pointing out that she hasn't drunk the "peace at any price" Kool-Aid being peddled by her fellow Democratic senators such as Reid, Kennedy, and Jay "No, I'm not responsible for my vote" Rockefeller.