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MESH08 Day One (part 2)

May 23rd, 2008 by Colin Carmichael

I feel compelled to finish writing my MESH coverage since Mathew Ingram has already linked to me as a source of coverage!

Day One Cont’d: The Panels

Video is Everywhere:
This panel, moderated by CommandN’s Amanda MacArthur, was most notable for me for it’s discussion around Canadian online rights to American content – and why we can’t watch shows on NBC.com from Canada.
Sparks flew when the panelist from CBC suggested that ads might soon appear in torrent-distributed content. An audience member took exception to “paying twice” for content – once through taxes and again via advertising. He seemed to think that CBC should be completely devoid of advertising. I’m not sure the room agreed.

The New Front Page
This panel interested me for many reasons – not the least of which was that I had interviewed for job with panelist Candace Faktor(ourfaves.com, Toronto.com) once upon a time. This was perhaps the most entertaining panel of the conference thanks to the bold critisms of traditional media offered by Daniel Burka, Creative Director at Digg.com. At one point he called CNN.com’s homepage ’embarrassing’ and indistinguishable from The Onion. He later called the newspaper business model “insane” and predicted the demise of the “paper” newspaper within a few years – much to the chagrin of moderator Mathew Ingram, a newspaper columnist.

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One Response to “MESH08 Day One (part 2)”

  1. Thanks for the coverage of Mesh, Colin, but I wasn’t really that chagrined at what Daniel was saying. I completely agree that the current newspaper business model — which involves printing things on dead trees and then putting that on trucks — no longer makes much sense. That’s why I think newspapers need to become “information providers” that are to some extent platform agnostic.