Comment snafu

By Steve Outing

Aack!! I just realized that WordPress stopped delivering me e-mail approval alerts when new comments get posted to this blog. I moderate comments in order to spare you from comment spam. (I must admit to having neglected this blog recently in terms of upgrading to current versions of WordPress and the Askimet comment-spam filter; ergo, manual moderation is necessary.)

Anyway, a bunch of legit comments had stacked up in the approval queue and I just published them. … I thought it had been awfully quiet lately! :) Sorry about this.

Author: Steve Outing Steve Outing is a Boulder, Colorado-based media futurist, digital-news innovator, consultant, journalist, and educator. ... Need assistance with media-company future strategy? Get in touch with Steve!

2 Responses to "Comment snafu"

  1. Howard Owens
    Howard Owens 9 years ago .Reply

    So, Steve … it was one of my comments that got stuck in the moderation queue … I'll try to be kinder and gentler this time around … That said … deep breath … Moor's question is stupid. It demonstrates a complete misunderstanding of how innovation works. It's not far-out ideas that make money … it's the new takes on old ideas or available technologies and resources that make a difference … finding new jobs to be done, new needs to be met. It's more incremental and less big leaps. Edison's light bulb wasn't a big leap, nor was the telephone, telegraph or the web itself, and neither was Google, YouTube or Craigslist. My recommendation: Read Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun. Besides that, What smart CEO would publicly talk about the "far out ideas" their company is working on. I know our CEO wouldn't. There … no bad language … and I said the same thing.

  2. Steve Outing
    Steve Outing 9 years ago .Reply

    Howard: I'll grant you that a newspaper CEO may be unlikely to talk about a "far out" idea being worked on. However, if he/she was smart it might be good to mention that the company has some visionary things in the works or in experimentation stage, but they can't be revealed yet. That at least gives skittish (to say the least) investors some confidence that in a time when serious reinvention is necessary, the company isn't banking on incremental changes to get them through. Some of the Newspaper Next 2.0 recommendations — especially its call for transformation of newspapers into local information and connection utilities — are pretty far-reaching and not just incremental. My sense is that there's resistance among mainstream publishers to that. I fail to see why the newspaper industry has not taken some bold chances. Perhaps they need to get yet more desperate before that'll happen? How many more layoffs will it take?

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