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Sunday, November 06, 2021

Tech mavens are salivating over the development of electronic paper as the killer-app savior of ubiquitous interactive media.

Me, I think the coming of roll-up, wireless Web displays is neat, but I can’t get excited about it yet. This digitized papyrus has been germinating for thirty years, and it’s still not certain it’ll become viable. When it actually comes out and starts reaching a sizable portion of the market, I’ll pay attention.

But in the meantime, I’m keenly interested in how the terrain for this product is seeded. Much like the iPod and its role in sparking the market for digital media purchases, e-paper needs to positioned correctly in order for people to buy it:

Ted Schadler, an analyst at market research group Forrester, cautioned that manufacturers needed to make sure their devices did not end up being a “solution looking for a problem.”

“It’s not enough to build a product. You have to build an end-to-end solution. Of course Apple has done that brilliantly with the iPod, and they’re continuing to push the envelope there, but they’re about the only ones,” Schadler said.

An electronic newspaper, when the technology is finally available to produce one, still may not be the device to rescue newspaper publishers from an aging readership and dwindling circulation numbers.

Such a device could well be sold by newspaper publishers who would subsidize it in order to sell subscriptions, but it would have to offer other sources to be attractive, Schadler said.

“If you would lock consumers into just one news service, they will not find it interesting. Users might want to read a blog, a competitor, a magazine, a book-not just the Financial Times, the Herald Tribune, the New York Times,” he said.

“They have to be really careful how they open the access to make it more valuable,” Schadler said.

All the elements have to coalesce: Medium, content, delivery, relevance. Otherwise, it won’t fly.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/06/2021 12:42:19 PM
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What is Bush’s position on Roe v. Wade?

None. He doesn’t care how they get out of New Orleans.

Hey, I thought it was funny. But the St. Pete Times op-ed crew is somewhat skeptical. Even though the experts approve:

Robert Thompson, a professor of popular culture at Syracuse University, defends such humor, saying it can help a nation heal its wounds. After “four or five hours of coverage of a very sad story,” he explained, “humor is one of the ways you can process things.”

Maybe the jokeworks will be more acceptable when applied to those whiny, FEMA-teat suckling Hurricane Wilma victims.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/06/2021 11:58:56 AM
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Take a glide over to Katy’s Theme Party, and check out whose blog is top of the list under the heading “Brilliant Blogs”.

No complaints here.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/06/2021 11:28:27 AM
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