Posts by: douglas

FORTUNE July 24, 2013
We are steadily moving from a qualitative to a quantitative world, not just in the sciences but also in politics, sports, mass entertainment and many other creative endeavors. But the bits of life are not the guts of life. And that’s what makes ESPN’s hiring of Nate Silver a critical move for sports television and beyond.

At ESPN Nate Silver’s presence could be transformative to sports television. At the New York Times, Silver was a prognosticator and a brand, a conjuror who with his FiveThirtyEight.com blog was scarily accurate in predicting the outcomes of elections. That was the sizzle. But the actual steak is that Silver is able to tell stories we can all dine out on using data. That’s what’s so exciting. (More…)

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I’m a journalist, a staunch defender of the First Amendment, someone who grew up on George Orwell and the fear of Big Brother, I’m worried about the consolidation of mass media and the co-option of much of the internet by goliath media companies, and I personally hope that everyone who knew anything about the News [...]

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Just moments ago, Nora Ephron passed away.  She was one of the truly great writers of the last part of the 20th century. And a hellova director. Nora was incredibly kind to me a number of times when I asked her to take a look at my writing… She had been a “copy girl” for [...]

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I recently spoke to Beth Carter of Wired about what we can expect this summer in terms of first-person communicaiton from the athletes at the Olympics, and how they will be connecting with—and growing—their global fan-base during the London Games. Here’s a bit of that conversation in Beth’s article about the IOC’s new first-person site…. [...]

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My piece on Comcast and NBC Sports—Comcast Bets Big on Sports—is in the new issue of Fortune Magazine. Also on Fortune’s website is a second, short piece—Life After Ebersol—about how Ebersol’s NBC Olympic team rallied just after he was forced out, and how influential (and inspirational) Ebersol remained in the weeks that followed his exit, [...]

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Video technology continues to march inevitably forward to more cord-cutting and more a la carte viewing…with the latest disruptor being AEREO. Want to watch any broadcast channel from your iPad? Or record any broadcast program and play it back whenever you want, wherever your are? (Think TiVo meets SlingBox)…well, that’s basically AEREO (formerly called “Bamboom”), a [...]

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Graphic of the Day

On December 17, 2011 By

  Just a terrific graphic from VentureBeat.com’s MediaBeat on the evolution of TV Technology/Entertainment, that’s further pushing content to both ends of the Curve.                

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Fortune Magazine published my story about Americans reinventing themselves last week. The genesis of the piece was my realizing that just about everyone I know is sitting in their office—if they even have an office—spending no small part of their day thinking: “How much longer is my job as I currently know it going to last?…And what [...]

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Lisa de Moraes’ is the television columnist for the Washington Post. I don’t think she’s a very good writer. I actually think she’s a terrific writer. That said, yesterday she wrote a column, “Conan tells Fortune: NBC like an ‘Indiana Jones’ Nazi” about some of the stuff that Conan O’Brien had said to me, which seems to me to have been after reading only the Fortune press release and not the full article, and strikes me more than a little off-base, and I’ve written as much in the comments on the Washington Post page where her column lives.

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My article in Fortune Magazine on Conan O’Brien’s wonderfully accidental digital transformation — “Conan 2.0: How a late-night Luddite accidentally fought his way back into bedrooms (and onto computers, smartphones, and tablets) across America” — is now online, and will be on newsstands on Monday: http://bit.ly/CONAN-Fortune

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