Collateral damage on the road to digeracy

Back in the early 1980s, PC Magazine was a welcome arrival at one’s snailmail box. It carried voices of authority on that new animal, the Personal Computer. The voices were knowledgeable without pontificating, expert-like, but never condescending. PCM’s authority came from people like Bill Machrone , the magazine’s mythological editor cum publisher, John C. Dvorak, … Continue reading Collateral damage on the road to digeracy

Print media: dead as a parrot

How many movies you’ve seen, books you’ve read, after-dinner chats you had in the past 10 years were based on conspiracy-theories, urban-legends, word-of-mouth (WOM) sound-bites, e-mail hoaxes and other hard-to-substantiate sources? Now, let’s reverse this question – how many conspiracy-theories, urban-legends, WOM sound-bites, e-mail hoaxes and other hard-to-substantiate sources turned out to be the real,… Continue reading Print media: dead as a parrot

A terminal case of over-optimism

Print media executives’ future talk brings to mind the story about the legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski. It is told that Stokowski was 94 when he signed a six-year recording contract with Columbia Records. That was a year before he died. This is one of the best documented cases of terminal over-optimism. One can excuse an… Continue reading A terminal case of over-optimism