Last week this article from The Media Briefing about the "resurgence" of vinyl circulated in our offices. Resurgence is in quotes there because vinyl, though experiencing noteworthy growth after being nearly eviscerated by cassette tapes then CDs then iPods and now streaming music, remains a tiny fraction of the overall sales of music. (Note the table in that article showing units sold from early '70s to today.)
Last month I had the chance to attend the Adobe Digital Symposium in New York. Much of sessions focused on how brand marketers are harnessing the power of tablet and mobile publishing tools. However, as part of the day's events, Chris Hughes, publisher and editor-in-chief of The New Republic joined head of Adobe's digital publishing Nick Bogaty for a Q&A session.
One of my favorite songs off one of the best country albums ever is "Slow Down Old World" by Willie Nelson. He released the song on the Shotgun Willie album in 1973. The world was moving too fast for Willie then and is moving too fast for us today. I have the album on vinyl and it's impossible to listen to Willie's languid singing and look at the weathered album sleeve and not slow down for a minute. That's why it's timeless music.
Earlier this week we aggregated a news item by Variety that reported on the downfall of content farming operation Demand Media. I suppose you shouldn't relish in someone else's failure, but it's hard not to be pleased by the fact that "the internet" is increasingly rewarding creators and publishers of high-quality content.
Today, in Washington D.C., the Federal Trade Commission is exploring the blurring of lines that is occurring between digital content and digital advertisements. Clearly, publishers and marketers are concerned the government could put a damper on what some see as a magic elixir for digital publishing.