Working on my library filter blog
I ran across this Forbes article
by Rich Karlgarrd.
Net Boom, Act II is just getting started. Behind the revival is an array of cheap stuff, such as wireless broadband, 120-gigabyte disk drives for $99 and mail-order "blade" servers that are as powerful as $250,000 Unix boxes. The second-order effect of all this cheap gear is rapid Net penetration into poorer countries like India and China, which are becoming vendors of even cheaper products and services.
Net Boom, Act II will also be a serial killer. At the risk of sounding like the nerd who cried wolf, I ask you to close your eyes and imagine what cheap technology and clever entrepreneurs around the world--not just in Silicon Valley--might do to your business model. For example, I'm typing this editorial on a quiet Sunday afternoon from a leather chair in the den of my house. With home Wi-Fi, I now use my laptop in ways I never used to. I buy more things, from socks to steaks, on the Net. I read much more--by far--on the Net than I ever did. Whoa! Don't I work for a magazine that is printed on... paper? Do I hear the sound of the fat lady singing on Grokster?
link forbes magazine
While the 'net, at the moment looks like an Elephant's graveyard of abandoned sites and dead links, the fact is that all of the net technologies have gotten cheaper and better. Plus, people are now treating the online world seriously.
All which goes to the question of whether anonline replacement for Reports makes sense. A lot of comment has been directed at the fact Reports had the credibility that only dead trees give. Well, that credibility may have been crucial for reaching what Colby cosh describes as Report's geratric audience; but a magazine aimed at urban conservatives need not fell a single tree.
It would need to have slick design, intelligent debate and a target demographic of people who, well, use the web. This should not be impossible. And to see what can be done take a look at Jackson Free Press
or Spy Mac
both of which are based on blogging technology.
Not that I think this will "streamline mission-critical channels" or "evolve intuitive mindshare" but I have access to the Web Economy Bullshit Generator
which will get frequent workouts in Act II.