It was a media year full of apologies and, often times, of subjectivity over objectivity. Of post truth and alternative facts. It was also another year in which there was an oversupply of content, and business models in both the analog and digital worlds were called into question. We also saw things go from moments to movements. Some things came as a surprise, such as raccoons and squirrels showing up in places they were not expected. Others came as no surprise.
(Ed. Note: That last one is a NYT link, so if you're saving your NYT clicks...)
Have we shifted to new norms for a new era? Time will have to decide that one.
In this tiny corner of the mediascape, i.e. this blog, I have run the numbers for the year, as is my annual custom, and here are the top 5 most popular posts of the year, in reverse order.
#5 From LOLcats to Rated Dogs
And you thought the internet ran on cats. That's so five years ago. Read the story of the We Rate Dogs phenomenon here.
#4 The Internet is Worth How Much???
It also provides a look into what it is I do for a living, which is not always easy to explain. Find out how on earth such a figure is arrived at by checking out the full post here.
# 3 The Internet: Where hundreds of millions of users does not equal a business model
#2 Taking on the Fake News Industrial Complex
#1 The Digital Future & How It Happened
Why didn't Blockbuster buy Netflix for a song when they had the chance? How and why did capital and infrastructure intensive businesses such as the hotel industry and the cab industry get blindsided by the likes of AirBnB and Uber? Read the full post for some insights into why things happen the way they do, particularly in the world of technology-based businesses.
And now I'll take a moment to thank you for reading and sharing the blog posts this year. It continues to be a labour of love, five long years into this exercise. Where things go with it in 2018 are yet to be seen but for now I thank you for joining me in this journey of publicly thinking through what I see as some of the most interesting puzzles of our time.