Getting in the High Altitude Ring

Been thinking about this a lot lately…Thanks, as always, Teddy:

It is not the critic who counts… The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. 

Data Leaks: Doc Searls, Facebook data and what’s about to come

Are you you one of the folks in the digital/ad tech world trying to answer your friends questions about the “what’s going on with Facebook and all that data” situation? It’s going to get worse when everyone understands how thoroughly widespread the data-leaking problem is. Give this article a read. It’s from OG/Cluetrain guy Doc Searls, one of the best thinkers about the open web and what advertising has done to it. It’s a little over the top, but the underlying story is one we (“we” being humans on the internet and perhaps also in the digital business) should understand.


Meredith: Data Powerhouse

While these cuts are going to hurt, they are no-doubt necessary to power up other areas and pay down debt.

When i first started working with Meredith back in the mid-2010’s, they already had a formidable lineup of brands. But, what really attracted me to them (my team was buying a lot of media) was their data operations and direct to consumer marketing. As they add more brands, more apps, more touchpoints, it’s only going to get stronger.

Meredith, which owns broadcast TV stations and publishes such magazines as Better Homes & Gardens, Allrecipes and Shape, closed its $1.85 billion acquisition of Time Inc. on Jan. 31. One reason that Time Inc. was attractive to Meredith was the opportunity to eliminate hundreds of millions of dollars in duplicative costs, including corporate administration areas such as legal, financial and human resources.

Editorial staffers across the former Time Inc. portfolio aren’t expected to be affected significantly by the coming layoffs, according to people familiar with the situation.

via Meredith to Cut Up to 300 Jobs – WSJ

An Argument Against AMP

Really complex issue going regarding Google’s “advocacy” for AMP, HTTPS and other technologies. On the one hand, if Google *doesn’t* use some of it’s weight to push for wider adoption of tech that everyone pretty much agrees is good (e.g. HTTPS), we’ll criticize their lack of industry leadership. But, when they do push for newer tech (like AMP that developed), we accuse them of monopolistic actions. @adactio’s write up helps me understand the issue, but doesn’t provide any answers. but, it does end on an optimistic note:

This isn’t about you or me. This is about all those people who could potentially become makers of the web. We should be welcoming them, not creating barriers for them to overcome.

via Adactio: Journal—Ends and means