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Facebook not the media messiah

For years publishers, broadcasters and anyone else in the media business have wondered if Facebook could be their salvation. The old publishing business model has crumbled. Building mass audiences with entertainment or information then selling advertising no longer delivers rivers of gold. Some saw Facebook as an answer. Perhaps not the answer, the question is […]

Wired doesn’t get it about ad blockers

  If I used an ad blocker Wired’s pop-up screen would be annoying but deserved. Publishers need to sell advertising. Ad blockers undermine their business. You can’t argue with the logic. Sure some publishers abuse readers. They serve inappropriate, even offensive advertising. Many ads overstay their welcome. Others disrupt viewers with noisy video. Or they […]

Media should unfriend Facebook

Scientists say a meteor hit the earth 66 million years ago and wiped out most dinosaurs. Journalists know how they felt. A meteor crashed into our world in the 1990s. The internet’s effect wasn’t immediate. Now, two decades on, mostformer journalists work in other industries. The media companies that employed them have either gone or […]

Fixing Apple, Google, Facebook tax

Writing at the New Zealand Herald Matt Nippert says Top multinationals pay almost no tax in New Zealand. A major Herald investigation has found the 20 multinational companies most aggressive in shifting profits out of New Zealand overall paid virtually no income tax, despite recording nearly $10 billion in annual sales to Kiwi consumers. The analysis of financial […]