Updated Apr. 21, 2014 at 8:04 a.m.

Premium Lock Aereo case shows that in technology vs. tradition we all win - and lose

Published: 2014-04-21 07:52:00
Updated: 2014-04-21 08:04:22

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Scot Wingo, CEO at ChannelAdvisor, asked me why I wanted to learn about the book business. "What makes you think there will be a book business in the future," he asked. Excellent question. As the Aereo vs. broadcasters case unfolds before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, its CEO defends the right of innovation and says no industry is "sacred." But as more and more traditional businesses disappear, who really are the losers? Us....

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Content providers no longer need the broadcast or cable networks to fund the creation and success of their content. That is being done more and more by crowdfunding, and the fans decide what content they want, not some media company or network big shots.
The first questions is, of course, who chooses the winners and losers? Obviously, you have your interests. Others have theirs. I love ebooks. My daughter doesn't. Print media (and TV media) each have their own ax to grind. I can find any viewpoint I want (and many that I don't!) on the Net. If the media barons (and I definitely include cable in that group) can't make as much money as they used to, too bad. I'm sorry, I'm not going to cry for them. They have been overcharging for a long time. Perhaps the lead anchors on the major stations won't make millions any more. I feel so badly for them (NOT!!).

And, even worse, I really, really don't like to have five very conservative men on the SCOTUS bench making decisions about who wins and loses. Many people in this country attest to be "free enterprise" zealots. Let them put their money where their mouth is.
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