Tweets on a single topic ("Delusions of the Internet") published within a short period.
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Apr 11 2011: Apart from Google, is there anyone making money selling Internet content or services? Will there ever be? Isn't it all one big fat delusion? [view in context] 4337
Apr 11 2011: Nearly every content business—from newspapers to music to porn peddlers—has been gutted by the Internet. 4338
Apr 11 2011: You can't "roll back" the internet, but don't think this is a better world just because more free information is available. 4339
Apr 11 2011: The downside of endless free information is the loss of certain kinds of quality, such as rigorous journalism. 4340
Apr 11 2011: In the Brave New World of the internet, everyone is a recycler of other people's work. There's little incentive to invest in new content. 4341
Apr 11 2011: If you choose to create new, high-quality content, you do it for love, because the chances of getting paid for it are slim. 4342
Apr 11 2011: No one can build a career on supplying free content. 4343
Apr 11 2011: The only way websites make money is selling ads in the margins, which is only profitable with a huge reader base. 4344
Apr 11 2011: The Onion can make money because it makes up news stories, no research required. This is the low quality content we will soon be limited to. 4345
Apr 11 2011: For every internet venture that takes off—like Facebook—there must be 1000s that fail. And even Facebook hasn't proved itself profitable. 4346
Apr 11 2011: The internet has been built on dreams—like the California Gold Rush. Indeed, California was settled, but few found the gold they expected. 4347
Apr 11 2011: In the California Gold Rush, the main people making money were those selling the dream to others. The dreamers themselves lost their shirts. 4348
Apr 11 2011: Many a small business has been conned into a expensive website, thinking it will expand their prospects. Then, no one looks at it. 4349
Apr 11 2011: The internet has brought great efficiency to the sale of standardized products. Great for the consumer, not so great for the supplier. 4350
Apr 11 2011: The internet in Yin and Yang. For every gain, there is s loss. Amazon gives you low prices but has wiped out your local bookstore. 4351
Apr 11 2011: The next thing to be decimated by the internet: education! Why go to Yale or even high school when you can do it all online. 4352
Apr 11 2011: Internet education will bring efficiencies of scale, but at what cost? 4353
Apr 11 2011: The internet has changed life on Earth. Not improved it, only changed it. Just don't believe it is the solution to any of our problems. 4354
Apr 11 2011: #### End. This has been a live 1-hour essay by HHBDL: "Delusions of the Internet". We now resume our regularly scheduled programming. 4355
Apr 12 2011: Each generation thinks it is going to solve the world's problems with some new technology. In the end, the technology becomes the problem. 4356
Apr 12 2011: RT @rossmerriam: @BadDalaiLama the essay today was too one sided. Quality content is out there. You just have to look: Take @NPRamerican ... 4357
Apr 12 2011: .@rossmerriam Quality content: This American Life <== The exception that proves the rule, supported entirely by charitable contributions. 4358
Apr 12 2011: Once upon a time, there were countless thick magazines filled with in-depth articles, some of which took weeks to produce. No more. 4359
Apr 12 2011: When is the last time you saw a real investigation in print? 4360
Apr 12 2011: If the Watergate break-in had happened today, would there be anyone to run it down?l 4361
Apr 12 2011: There are no Woodwards and Bernsteins these days because no one can afford them. The internet has seen to that. 4362
Apr 12 2011: RT @stevewilliams52: @baddalailama I disagree - every "journalist" with an iPhone has the next big story. Trouble is - a big story only ... 4363
Apr 12 2011: Crowd-sourced information has its value, but it wouldn't have cracked the Watergate break-in. 4364
Apr 12 2011: Crowd sourcing is low-quality data multiplied by thousands—yielding low-quality data. 4365
Apr 12 2011: Amateur, in-your-free-time journalism is not credible check on the complexities of government. 4366
Apr 12 2011: RT @morelimes: @BadDalaiLama Liddy got caught went to jail and now has 1.5 million daily listeners. Talk about crowd sourcing. 4367
Apr 12 2011: His Holiness does not hesitate to use technology in his own ministry. It is beneficial to some, just not to society at large. 4368
Apr 12 2011: Technology does not bring you closer to truth, to peace or to harmony with yourself. [view in context]
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