Scripting News for 4/23/2006

Tom Morris on comments in the OPML Editor. 

Gizmodo: Iomega 1TB Network Attached Storage

LaCie has a 1.2TB drive for a bit less. 

Irina Slutsky interviews Mitch Kapor, Danny O’Brien and Esther Dyson about the future of email. 

BetterBadNews asks what happened to Building 7 at the WTC. Did it commit suicide? 

Media == middlemen 

Scott Karp: “But what happens if big company brands realize that they no longer need a media middleman to connect with consumers?”

Bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing!!!

Why do you think they call it media?

They’re middlemen.

In the future we won’t need middlemen.

Why?

Because the Internet disintermediates.

Which is a fancy word for “gets rid of the middlemen.”

Or, if you prefer, “gets rid of the media.”

All that’s left when we go through 2.0 and 3.0 and 4.0 is nothing but information and people and lots of more efficient ways of connecting them.

Now that said, I think the MySpace guys are onto something when they think of adding products to their network, so people can befriend them. As the guy who plays James T. Kirk and does the Priceline commercials says about “shop and compare before you buy” — Brilliant!

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