My day job for the past two decades has been financial journalism. Publishing, journalism, books and other forms of written content – including this blog – have over that time been destroyed as profitable industries.
Sure, there is still money to be made, but in most cases not by the creators of content.
The Internet has allowed for the proliferation of content, which is good for consumers (and I’m a consumer too), aggregators (Huffpro, et. al.), and discount online purveyors such as Amazon.
While few have shed tears for the demise of traditional publishers – of books, magazines, newspapers – the destruction of these industries has also made untenable careers for talented people who might have otherwise continued to provide what remains a service to citizens. Continue reading “The impatient Tim Berners-Lee”