Butter’s Law Acting on Media

Previous webpage: Cooper’s Law Acting on Media   We don’t live in a ‘wired’ world, but a ‘fibered’ world. Wired communications is obsolete. Metallic wires could never have sustained the phenomenal growth of the Internet and of the global telecommunications networks in general. The world’s capacity to use telephones and networked computers would have expired and collapsed more than a dozen years ago if not for two telecommunications inventions of the 1960’s ad 1970’s: lasers and fiber optics. The constant acceleration of those combined technologies, known as Butters’ Law, makes the speed of Moore’s Law look like a snail’s pace. Copper fibers had […]

Personalize Media 2011 Keynote Speech

[34-minute PowerPoint video of keynote speech opening the fifth annual Personalize MEdia Conference (formerly Individuated Media conferences), Boulder, Colorado. June 20, 2011. How traditional media companies have gone astray by misperceiving consumers’ switch from analog to digital formats to be the greatest trend underway; why the abundance of content instead makes personalization (i.e., individuation) the greatest trend of 21st Century media; and what the media industries need do about it.  All images public domain. If otherwise, please contact vin@digitaldeliverance.com.] ••• ••• ••• ••• Welcome. My name is Crosbie.  Vin, as in Vincent, Crosbie. Welcome to Boulder! And Welcome to Personalize Media 2011! Welcome to the […]

Comparing Web Use Within Europe

  If you think all Europeans use the Internet the same, you’re wrong. As an American who’s worked a fair amount in Europe, I love studying the variations in among how the various European nationalities use the Internet. Lately, I’ve been comparing social media use within Europe (more about that at a later date). However, this week comScore Media Metrix released a survey comparing how the various European nationalities use the World Wide Web during March. Overview of European Internet Usage by Country Ranked by Total Unique Visitors (000) March 2011 Total Europe Audience, Age 15+, Home and Work Locations Source: […]

Citizen Journalism Absent in the Arab Press

My thanks to Dr. Khalid Mohammed Ghazi, editor of the Cairo-based Arab Press Agency, for citing some of my work in his editorial, صحافة المواطن.. غائبة عن الصحافة العربية (Citizen Journalism…Absent from the Arab Press), published on Wednesday in, among other newspapers, Al Shabiba of Oman. [Click the English title of his essay to read a Google machine translation of the Arabic original]. As Dr. Ghazi writes, Citizen Journalism is hugely missing from the Arabic speaking world! He notes Al Jazzera’s efforts to introduce it, using online and cable television broadcasts (the latter similar to CNN’s i-Report project), but that Arabic […]

Singapore Media Lecture

Singaporean TV News Coverage

TV news coverage of the third annual Media Lecture, delivered by Prof. Vin Crosbie on July 14, 2010, at the Drama Center of the National Library of Singapore.

Are News Sites in Britain Wasting One-Third Their Advertising Potential?

Geography disappears online, except for language and culture. More and more research indicates that one-third of the traffic to news sites based in Britain comes from America. Those sites had best advertise to this audience or else waste over one-third of their sites advertising potential.

UK ABC to Exclude RSS User-Agents, like bots.

The Audit Bureau of Circulations in the UK and Ireland reports that it and the members of JICWEBS (The Joint Industry Committee for Web Standards) yesterday agreed to exclude RSS User-Agents from member websites’ user traffic statistics, thus excluding RSS from the measurement of Page Impressions. The member then asked the ABC’s Internet Technical Group to review and suggest ways of measuring the ‘reading’ of RSS. JICWEBS’ members include the: Interactive Advertising Bureau (IABUK) of the UK. Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA). Incorporated Society of British Advertisers (ISBA). Newspaper Society (NS). Association of Online Publishers (AOP). Digital Media Group […]

Majority of UK Internet Users Now on Broadband

Netimperative yesterday reported that there are now more broadband Internet users than dial-up Internet users in the United Kingdom. It reported that new figures released by BT Group show that, there are now more than 7.4 million broadband customers (including those of BT’s competitors) in the UK and that broadband connections are now accessible to 99.6% of the UK population. The UK joins South Korea as redominately broadband nations. Meanwhile, the European Commission has launched an initiative, i2010: European Information Society 2010, that hopes to foster growth and jobs in Europe’s information society and media industries. The Commission is in […]

WAN-IFRA Merger Off

Merger talks between two of the world’s largest newspaper associations have broke off. For the past months, the World Association of Newspapers and Ifra had been discussing merger, but this morning WAN announced that talks had ceased, at least for the foreseeable future. Neither WAN nor Ifra said why. “Both associations agreed to continue close cooperation and expressed the hope that circumstances would allow them to re-open discussions on a merger at a future date,” wrote WAN spokesman Larry Kilman. WAN, based in Paris, represents 72 national newspaper associations, plus 13 national news agencies, nine regional press organizations, individual newspaper […]

New-Media Newspaper Activity in Japan

Japan has 102 daily newspapers. Here is a snapshot of their new-media activities: 83 operate website 26 also provide video on those websites 39 have e-mail editions 39 syndicate contents others companies’ sites 36 provide services (such a teletext) on cable television 16 provide teletext service to mobile phone  4 provide digital editions online (My thanks to the Japan Newspaper Publishers & Editors Association for this information)