ORG structure is the enemy of fandoms

Traditional media conglomerates and film studios, in particular, are suffering from a changing media landscape. As audiences, we are constantly asking for more from our content producers. Online video, social media, and influencer culture have done a lot to shape expectations that audiences should be seen, heard, respected, and served. Content producers know they need…

More Thoughts on YouTube Red.. And A Link Dump

There is so much chatter about YouTube Red, the walling off of access to content, the strong-arming of creators into business models they might not like, the implications on subscription services on audiences etc. I am still forming opinions on this, and have been talking to everyone I can to solidify my thoughts. I think…

Some of the Questions YouTube Red Poses

Is YouTube Red good or bad for the democratization of content? Will it help small creators? Will it radically shift the branded content space? How do we now think about success on YouTube? How does it change the way advertisers interact in the space? I think YouTube Red is likely both good and bad for the…

Get Out Of My Subculture, You Tourist!

It the wake of Coachella, which I must admit I don’t go to, nor have any interest in going to, there have been posts in backlash about how it has become a “scene” and has strayed from its original roots. This has been an ongoing complaint for comic book fans at San Diego Comic Con…

Learning to Tumblr. Eulogy for LiveJournal

When I was a young fan, I got a LiveJournal (which I must admit, I still check on occasion). This was back when posting longer pieces of text online was just beginning to be accessible to everyone. I felt cool. I felt like part of something larger than myself. The privacy settings on LJ were…