Eureka moment absent at AOP summit

I’ve learned a few interesting things at the Association of Online Publishers event today, but no eureka moments… a bit disappointing really.

But then is it surprising that when you get a bunch of media owners together in a room that what you get is several bland platitudes and nothing of real substance that makes you think wow they’ve cracked it!

There’s been a fair bit of navel gazing, and there’s also been some good speakers, but what have we really learned that we didn’t already know?

Online publishers find monetisation a challenge, journalists find the new ways of publishing a challenge and the growth of the internet continues to march on at a pace that often leaves everyone behind.

Being fleet of foot and agile makes a difference, but is that because these companies often adopt and use technology to grow their business and provide a better experience for their audience. More techies in media land… perhaps that’s what we need!  

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Interesting to see Wired's take on it though - that it was evidence of a shift in which the prevalence of software, data and automation in daily life means that that people need commentary and interpretation less and less - and that there's a consequent drop in demand for any kind of journalism at all: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2009-10/12/imagining-a-future-without-journalists.aspx
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