Grace Slick recently collaborated with indie artist Michelle Mangione on the latter's latest album. Mangione has used social media and even learned about SEO to promote herself as an artist. Slick, the iconic songwriter and lead singer for Jefferson Airplane (later Starship), has remained stubbornly low-tech. Her preferred medium these days is a scratchboard
How will get your news in a few years? Broumand: I think it's one page that looks a lot like what the Drudge Report looks like right now.
How will we consume media in five and 10 years' time? Ferguson: When everything is digitized and libraries offer materials, we will have access to anything and everything whenever we choose, at a trivial long-tail price.
What changes are coming? Roehm: With the further development of video on demand, iptv, mobile, and many other emerging media opportunities, we have seen several "bad" user experiences. All too often, the focus is on "if we build it they will come" or "technology for the sake of technology." Finally, we are seeing more and more content distribution companies match the channel and devices to the message or content; thus, creating a positive user experience. However, we need to keep in mind that sometimes everyone just wants to sloth on the sofa and not have to "work" to consume media …
Who controls the media, and how (if it changes at all) does this control change? Braun: The consumer controls media. The consumer determines what works and doesn't work. The challenge, of course, is to come up with the next great hit. The most successful media companies are the ones that can best predict what the consumer will want tomorrow, as opposed to what they are already consuming today.
Adam L. Penenberg is a journalism professor and assistant director of the Business and Economics program at New York University. His latest book, Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today's Smartest Companies Grow Themselves (Hyperion), will be on shelves in October. In the book, he explores trends in media consumption and usage, and extrapolates some for us here.
Jonathan Miller is more determined than ever to crack interactive media's money-making code in his new job as News Corp.'s digital chief. He's got plenty of learning experience to draw from, both as a partner at venture capital firm Fuse Capital and as the chairman and CEO of Time Warner's AOL. At this point, he's certain the answer will be a combination of paid and free advertising-supported content. We'll all know for sure in a few years.
Jeff Zucker, CEO and president of NBC Universal, has been trying to turn digital dimes into digital dollars for years. Currently he's delivering tv programs online through Hulu, transforming nbc tv stations into hyper local Web destinations, and selling tv advertising based on the Internet's automated, targeted model.
To paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of journalism's death are greatly exaggerated. Journalism isn't going away - and neither are J-Schools. In fact, higher education is counter-cyclical; in a recession, people head to grad schools. Columbia, Stanford and NYU applications increased 38 percent, 20 percent and 6 percent, respectively, from the previous year, reports Forbes. The bigger question: where will these budding Bernsteins work?
At a time when the whole world feels like it's falling apart, who better to talk to than someone who suggested that might be the case?