This article came out months ago, and until now, I’ve resisted reading it, if only because of the sensationalist headline.
The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet | Magazine (h/t to OpenAppMkt for pushing me)
Setting aside the graphic, which is based on potentially false data interpretation, the core arguments made by Chris Anderson (Mr. The Long Tail) and Michael Wolf both hold water.
They’re not actually counterpoints, but rather, complimentary points placing blame on we, the users, and they, the media moguls.
Chris’ points ring very true for me, based on my personal experiences and my observation of users. We crave convenience over freedom because freedom is messy and time-consuming.
I especially like his comparisons to other mature industries, railroads, telephones and electricity. I’d throw automobiles in there as well.
Commoditization of an industry drives out the small players.
Michael also makes some good points about content distribution, i.e. delivering what people want in ways they want. This is another convenience argument.
Would you rather bounce around various media properties to watch TV episodes, several requiring different browser plugins, or pay a small fee to have these same episodes delivered to your iPad?
Again, convenience has a cost.
Anyway, these are interesting perspectives, well worth the read.