The Aggregator Paradox

Google is winning with AMP and blocking ads in Chrome: both seem bad, but aren’t they actually good for consumers? That is the paradox of aggregation.

Facebook’s Motivations

The impact of Facebook’s News Feed changes on the media is far less interesting than what the changes — and their stated purpose — say about Facebook itself.

Faceless Publishers, Take 2; Internet Trends 2017

Defining faceless publishers is perhaps easier by describing what they are not; then, my favorite slides from Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report

Faceless Publishers

The missing piece when it comes to the future of media are faceless publishers. Vox Media’s deal with The Ringer shows the way.

Facebook Content Guidelines, Facebook Video, Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV

Facebook faces a daunting challenge when it comes to policing content, but it is a challenge the company brought on itself. Then, Facebook’s video tab is competing against YouTube, not Amazon or Netflix, and business models explain why — and probably explain the Amazon-Apple truce.

Facebook and the Cost of Monopoly

Facebook gave one of the worst keynotes in a long time: there was no vision, just the adoption of Snap’s. It’s the inevitable outcome of a monopoly.