Trends and Signals — Economic

Agile Vs. Formal Production: Traditional top-down models are increasingly running up against agile bottom-up approaches on the Web, creating a clash of cultures, but also driving innovation.

DIY Distribution: Digital tools and processes have enabled independent producers and creators to use the Internet as a distribution channel to directly connect with consumers and audiences in the process circumventing some of the cultural industries’ traditional intermediaries.

Aggregation: The vast amount of content on the Internet provides ample opportunities to become an aggregator, helping users navigate and curate consumption.

Prosumers: Inexpensive digital production tools, digital storage, the proliferation of free online social platforms, increasing broadband speeds, and computer processing power have made it easy and inexpensive for non-professionals to create content.

DIY Technology: Open-source software and hardware is making it easier for individuals and groups to assemble customized devices that provide the functions they desire.

Transmedia: The creators of properties in one medium are repurposing the their story, their characters and any other aspects of their IP in other media.


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David Byrne's Survival Strategies for Emerging Artists — and Megastars link)

Declaration of Independence: The Ten Principles of Hybrid Distribution link)

Declaration of Indies: Just Sell It Yourself! link)

Distributed Version Control Systems link)

Why Cheaper Cable Opens a Pandora's Box link)

World Economic Forum — Digital Ecosystem Scenarios link) link)

In Sun Valley Media Chiefs Fret Over Economy Voices link)

The Economics of Digital Content link)

Projections On PC Market link)

Few People Are Using Wi-Fi On Airplanes — But It's Early Yet link)

How Much is That Data Plan Going to Cost You? link)

The Battle for Your Digital Living Room link)

Look Out Windows, the Enterprise is Warming Up to the Mac link)

Watch an Ad, Make a Virtual Buck link)

Web Ad Dollars Finally Overtake Newspapers link)

Ontario's Creative Cluster — A Framework for Growth link)

Our Growing Data Appetite link)

People-Per-Desk Ratio Climbs As Virtual Incubator Offices Profliferate link)

Old Media is Being Unbundled Just Like Telecom Was link)

“TNS Digital Life” Calls Itself Most Comprehensive Study of the Global Digital Consumer Ever link)