Topic 1: ChannelPro State of the Channel survey
Bruised but roaring back? We you bruised in 2020? Is this a real reflection of the real channel? Or is this a sampling issue?
As always, we think research is good. You just need to be careful about what the results mean. We discuss. And we give a few thoughts on eternal optimism – pro and con. We look forward to concrete house mod kits . . . and more.
Topic 2: 3D printed home. 1,500 sq feet. $299K
We’re not sure how much the printer cost – but the houses are serious. The story here is from New York, so the price point of $300,000 is a serious value. We haven’t covered 3D printing much, but this is just cool.
Topic 3: Paying for news in Australia . . .
News agencies are finally pushing back on letting social media giants redistribute their product for free. Magazines and newspapers have mis-played the Internet opportunity for twenty-five years. Now they’ve decided to try to make money.
Australia passed a law forcing the major social media outlets to pay for news. In response, Google said “okay” and Facebook threatened to pull out of the country.
Social media have been taking advantage of content creators since day one. It may have taken twenty years longer than expected, but a realistic balance is probably on the way. The U.S. is a follower and not a leader on this front. So keep an eye on Australia.
Please see previous episodes: The Splinternet continues to splinter!
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