Sunday, June 07, 2009
Magazines, iTunes and Amazon
Perhaps the iTunes/Amazon marketplace (posts passim) isn't such a straightforward idea after all. A gatekeeper is a gatekeeper.
So the game is the same today as it was in the old days. The only question is where the money will end up. In the analog world the lion's share of the money ended up in the hands of big, bad media barons. This time around, the geeks in Silicon Valley are pocketing all the dough. Ironically enough, they present themselves as a bunch of pious, sweet-natured nerds who aren't doing this for the money—they're all about making the world a better place. The truth is that when it comes to exploitation, the new guys make those old media barons look like a bunch of amateurs.