It’s the Hatfields and the McCoys; it’s the Shiites vs. the Sunnis; the Protestants and the Catholics; it’s the friction between iPhone and ‘droid users; it’s Coke vs. Pepsi.
It’s the great American newspaper rivalry between The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Read the average blog about the newspaper industry and this business is headed the way of S & H Green Stamps and Kodachrome film — into history’s scrap heap.
Consumers are digital and mobile, says the cry, so it’s time we abandoned the print product, put everything on the Web, throw up a paywall and produce an app
Since 1977, when Harvard Business School Professor Abraham Zaleznik wrote his infamous article about the differences between managers and leaders, there’s been plenty of debate about what separates the two.
As Zaleznik saw it, leaders are “active instead of reactive, shaping ideas instead of responding to them.”
Those familiar with reality television likely know “The Super Nanny,” the show starring that British gal who teaches people how to parent their insolent children so they don’t drive them off the deep end.
For those of you bringing up children and continuing to work in what’s left of the newspaper industry, I’ll let you in on a secret: It’ll be a bad day if Super Nanny Jo Frost is at your front door.
So if all goes according to plan, within about two weeks’ time, a path guiding Tribune Co.’s exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy will at last be forged, and, as I wrote back in News & Tech’s November 2009 edition, the company will wind up in the hands of its lenders.
Historian Douglas Brinkley, in his new biography, “Cronkite,” writes that the "CBS Evening News" anchorman once suggested, in a private meeting with U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, that the former attorney general run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1968.
It’s not the radio, the television, the cable networks, magazines, books, the weather, the schools, the phone, the smartphone or even old-fashioned mobile ones, the tablet, the laptop, Google’s eyeglasses, Amazon, the Internet, the Web’s major portals, YouTube, iTunes, or the Kindle.
Far more intriguing than the phone hacking story is what's happening at Court Murdoch.
The royal family, with emperor Keith Rupert I at its head, is underrated but successful like no other - growing the kingdom from a small newspaper in Adelaide, Australia, to a multibillion-dollar, intercontinental franchise.
Life holds two guarantees - death and taxes.
And economics holds another - prices rise, especially when there's an increase in demand.
Except, of course, at Apple Inc., where they're holding the price - and even handing out rebates in some cases - to spur demand, or buy market share, for its iPad2.
It’s time to think the unthinkable: life after the iPad.
Because if Apple’s year-old gadget is already killing off the laptop, as some experts say, products are dead before they get old.
Coming into its own in the 1980s and 1990s, the laptop had a glorious life for almost 30 years, before beginning its downward path toward extinction.
With hundreds of millions of people around the world using mobile digital devices — laptops, e-readers, tablets, cell phones and smart phones — and more expected in 2011, newspapers need to compete in an environment where people switch easily from one media outlet to another and are permanently connected to the Web, wherever they are.
It's been more than 100 years since English sociologist Havelock Ellis first advanced the concept of narcissism. Today, one might argue, the notion is being advanced by Apple's Steve Jobs, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and other players in the e-reader market.
How will the collision between narcissism, e-readers and newspapers play out?
It was a cold, gray, rainy, windy April afternoon in Cupertino, Calif., but inside the office of Apple CEO Steve Jobs it was warm, bright, comfortable, even jovial.
Who dares wins.
The motto of Great Britain's elite Special Air Service fighting force might be what inspired Macmillan publisher John Sargent.
Master the poem on this page in one of Mark Bauerlein's Emory University English classes, and you'll likely find yourself in a minority - one of just 13 percent of American adults rated as "proficient" in reading.