Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: buisness

defining what you are for (just like porn)

All sorts of institutions are in big trouble because of the internet, and they’re scared as hell. Newspapers can’t figure out how they’ll keep making money; the music business is terrified that its business model is evaporating. Britannica has faded to irrelevance for anyone with an internet connection. I think that’s the tip of things, […]

public broadcasting & podcasting

I’ve been listening to tons of great public broadcasting on earideas.com. And here’s a different view about why “good” public broadcasting is important: with the web, and podcasts, the CBC becomes a calling card for Canada. Ditto Deutsche-Welle for Germany and ARN for Australia etc. The broadcaster becomes a marketing tool and a builder of […]

david byrne on why CDs aren’t music

David Byrne talks about music and business in a great article in Wired. What is music? First, a definition of terms. What is it we’re talking about here? What exactly is being bought and sold? In the past, music was something you heard and experienced — it was as much a social event as a […]

an advertising role reversal

I’m just fiddling with Amazon ads for another web project soon to be launched (stay tuned). If you scroll down on the left-hand sidebar (on my homepage, here), you’ll see some amazon.com ads on this blog (they won’t last long). Here’s one too: Amazon.com Widgets As I’ve been playing around, it occurs to me that […]