What Pajamas Media Should Be Doing
Tim Worstall offers his thoughts in an extensive essay. Most notable, in my view, is this:
We also have a dead tree newspaper business almost on its knees and desperate to reduce costs. ItÃ¢€™s still huge, has billions of dollars floating round the system but theyÃ¢€™re all cutting staff left right and centre.
So, still trying to be dispassionate, we have large amounts of good quality stuff being produced and a large industry which would like access to that material. (This is, of course, as long as both sides can indeed be dispassionate.) It needs to be organised in some way, filtered, there needs to be a standard set of terms and so on, an accounting system, but we do appear to have willing buyers and willing sellers who need a helping hand in the form of an intermediary.
And that, to my mind, is what Pajamas Media should be, that intermediary. So much of the US newspaper business already works on syndication, from the OpEd pieces to the AP newswires reports, that we wouldnÃ¢€™t be asking people to try and absorb an entirely new idea. Just a new source of their lifeblood, cheap words that they can print tomorrow.
The competitors are not the mainstream media itself, thatÃ¢€™s just a distribution channel. An internet portal is fine, futures on the value of ad space are possibly interesting, but the real model is Associated Press, the NY Times syndication service, Creators, UPI. Bloggers already create, every day, a volume of material that completely swamps the combined output of all of those together. Some of it is even worth reprinting for a wider audience.
Sounds about right to me.