Today, as part of the tech/no Forum series at Bucknell, we are hosting Arianna Huffington. I had imagine I would do some deep research on her background, her role as founder of HuffingtonPost, her role as CEO of the merged AOL-Huffington company her ideas on the relationship between media, democracy, and profit, the death (?) of the newspaper, and so on.
Well, that didn’t happen.
Instead, I’ll have to generate some from what I have in my head (as opposed to research-based).
If you are coming to the afternoon session, feel free to read these, use these, modify these, and so on.
Business and Technology
* Is the content-for-eyeballs formula of the Internet dying? Are advertisers not willing to pay?
* Are we at the end of an innovation burst as the Internet and mobile platforms are merging? Is the heady period of “social media” and its rapid expansion done?
* Who are HP’s or AOL’s competitors?
Media and Profit
* Is it the responsibility of the media company to provide what “customers” want or what they need? Does a media/news company create its own demand and then project that onto the audience. “See, they want _____________ (tits, blood, murders, horse-race politics)?” Continue reading