May Issue: Future of Media Round Up

The Future of Media Round Up features the top articles and blogs curated by Bateman Group each month on the issues and events related to the convergence of technology, media and communications.

Without further ado, here’s our round up of the most disruptive news and commentary from the month of May. Did we miss anything? Please share your suggested links to articles with us in the comments below.

Links of the Month for May:

  • Facebook is Developing Ways to Share Media, New York Times – The world’s largest social network hopes to replicate the success it has had in becoming a top destination for games by allowing users to share their favorite music, television shows along with other kinds of media, like video. While the mainstream media are predominantly pondering the disruption this move will have on the music industry, we’re eying its impact on news media and communications.
  • Video: Om Talks About $6 Million Giga-Funding, All Things D – Kara Swisher interviews Om Malik about GigaOm’s new capital infusion. As one of the first mainstream technology industry blogs to differentiate itself by publishing more substantive, analytical articles, GigaOm will use the funds to further develop and promote its premium content channel, GigaOm Pro. We view this is a smart move by the blog to maintain its special focus without being beholden to the advertising game that has impacted the quality of content across many of the top news-driven tech blogs.
  • , Daily Beast – Dan Lyons breaks the controversial news about Facebook hiring Burson-Marsteller to manage a spoiler campaign aimed at diverting negative attention related to privacy away from itself and onto Google. Shame on both of them.
  • The Blogger vs. Journalist Debate Rages On, Bateman Banter – Bateman Group’s very own Lisa Melsted weighs in with her perspective on the blurry line between bloggers and journalists. The backdrop of Lisa’s post was Kara Swisher’s calling out of Michael Arrington, founder and co-editor of TechCrunch, for not disclosing financial investments in companies that he regularly covers for the publication. It will be interesting to see how professional ethical standards evolve within the blogosphere in the coming months and beyond.
  • Condé Nast to Sell Subscriptions for the iPad, DIGIDAY –  Condé Nast began selling subscriptions for their magazine titles  customized for viewing on the iPad, with The New Yorker first out of the gate and Vanity Fair, Glamour, Golf Digest, Allure, Wired, Self and GQ among the titles to follow. With nearly 20 million iPads sold, print publishers are under intense pressure to make sure that their content is available on this “it” device.
  • Redefiners: Capturing Media Growth Dollars, Activate – Michael Wolf and his team at Activate published a visually pleasing and intellectually stimulating presentation communicating their perspective on how established media companies can create new growth businesses. Folks, I believe this is what they call a “Think Piece”.

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