Shirky on economic models for news organizations

“That the relationship between advertisers, publishers, and journalists has been ratified by a century of cultural practice doesn’t make it any less accidental.”via Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable « Clay Shirky. the pragmatists were the ones simply looking out the window and noticing that the real world was increasingly resembling the unthinkable scenario. These people were treated as if they were barking mad. Meanwhile the people spinning visions of popular walled gardens and enthusiastic micropayment adoption, visions unsupported by reality, were regarded not as charlatans but saviors. via Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable « Clay Shirky.

Mobile phone with projector built in by Samsung

TI builds video projector that can fit into cellphone | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Dallas Business News. Note that you can buy a projector phone that is compatible with most U.S. mobile providers from China today, for under $300. TI’s will be $500. If you get one, please e-me and tell me how you like it. Better yet, send some videos of it in action.

Understand micropayments. Maybe consider this model, too.

Jimmy Wales on Wikipedia’s successful fundraising campaign

Chicago entrepreneurs with ideas on how to save the news business has a good idea. Well, he blogs about Kachingle, which seems like a good idea, so see his post for all the details. Basically it would be a micropayments solution to how to make some income off web writing which is free for everyone to view. KISS — keep it simple, stupid. Online publishers, including newspaper Web sites, are more likely to convince people to pay a monthly “Internet content fee” if everyone is in it together and there’s one ubiquitous medallion on every content site that an individual visits (which always remembers you).

Walter Isaacson’s value proposition for newspapers

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