How the “I-Think” journalism brought us to the mud

Open up your preferred publication. As it is likely, you only keep that as “preferred” for your identity-building, as it’s highly unlikely that you read, watches or listen more than 50% of your content diet from there. But, anyway, take a look at the headlines you have.…

Information services: what journalism will stop doing to become closer to art

Journalism, as we know, is dying. There is still a frantic discussion around the subject by us – journalists – but to paraphrase Coldplay’s Thom Yorke, it’s more of a “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse”. But rejoice: that’s not bad at all.

Nothing is granted, except the obvious few are seeing

“I don’t know with which weapons we’ll fight the II World War. But the 4th will be with sticks and stones”

ALBERT EINSTEIN…

Fading journalism, influencers and Greta Thunberg: signs of a new world

Until 20 years ago, getting a cab in São Paulo or in any other city meant often digesting an overpaid, low-quality service held by a monopolist category that could do whatever they wanted because you had no other options. Now, taxi drivers rabidly rage over Uber while they slowly disappear leaving no mourners behind.…

Truth is no longer monolithic and we are doomed if we don’t fix it

Since the beginnings of civilisation, men had some cardinal points dominating their concerns. Wars and economic development are some of them, but none of them matches the quest for mankind’s own origins and purpose. Truth, a monolithic, indivisible and undeniable concept was the supreme goal backing all the others.…

Technology, and not the tech giants, is still the best chance for media to get subscribers back

Subscriptions, not ads nor social-generated windfall miracles seem to be, after all, the most credible way for journalism to regain solid ground. Hear no mermaid singing of trendy tech cornucopias: Even if still away from sustainability – let alone the fat margins of pre-digital – the consistent deployment of readers paying for journalism is the conducting wire behind some shimmering hope in a scorched earth media environment.…

Random thoughts on where journalism is going to

In the last decade or a little bit more, everything the world knew about communication proved to be wrong. Newspapers were brought down to Earth when they found out that the relevance they had was due to their monopolies of the distribution channels much more than from the quality of the “journalism” they produced.…

Why regulation can help the tech giants to work better

It’s been some time since social networks earned free media exposition for events that promised an everlasting and positive impact on society. Facebook’s dystopic myriad of leaks and misuses, Twitter’s struggles to avoid hate speech to flow through its platform and an increasing number of people with the ability to game the system took away the cool aura that once floated over California.…

Media quest for solutions has to be global to really work

Last week, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to be in Warsaw for the n-ost conference. Journalism is one very ungrateful trade nowadays, with issues from small wages to an inglorious fight to stay relevant, but that meeting was nothing about it.…

Forget the alt-right and call moderate conservatives back to the table

In a world where space is infinite, why is not everyone there? This is the most fascinating question that came to me reading a study made by Yochai Benkler, author and the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School following the symptoms that show that centre-right is not well-represented in US media (which I think may be the same as in other countries).…

Never an US Open mattered so much for media

tennis court photoThis year, the US Open, one of the four Grand Slam tennis world tournaments, will not be measured by the skills of the most talented players in the world. The eyes will all be behind the camera – or better, the servers – on the possible major disruptor that has caused havoc in many areas: Amazon.…

Criticism of GDPR is smelly – and it’s not good

Last month, at last, the most awaited piece of media legislation in history has hit the real world. The Global Data Protection Regulation is a 2016 law but gave two long years for publishers to comply – and it was not enough, so publishers restricted or blocked European users from using to avoid the risks that possible fines could come.…