After The Goldrush New Media Mavens Combat Internet Fatigue

After The Goldrush New Media Mavens Combat Internet
Fatigue

John Strausbaugh hosts a roundtable of new economy mavens at the
New York Press offices to discuss the future of the
new economy and life after the goldrush. Suck.com founder
and Plastic.com editor Joey Anuff argues that the gloom of
the fall has been exaggerated as much as the euphoria of the
boom.

Strausbaugh facilitates the conversation between Anuff, Ande
Zellman of Newsweek, Dave Kansas of TheStreet.com,
Rich Turner of The Industry Standard, and John Ellis of Fast
Company
and Inside. Anuff and Kansas contribute an
interesting and hopeful perspective about the future role of
web-based companies. Meanwhile, Strausbaugh questions their
assumptions and lends a bit of a pragmatic tone to the
discussion.

‘I believe there’s a place for content on the Web,’ Kansas demurs,
‘and TheStreet.com is better positioned than most companies
to succeed in producing content for the Web. We’re a media company
in its fifth year. We will be profitable this year,’ he predicts.
‘Most magazines, five years is considered pretty solid. USA
Today
took 10 years.’

Anuff continues the conversation with affirmations of the value and
viability of cheap user-generated content such as is found on
Plastic.com. As a rebuttal, Strausbaugh wonders, ‘How that
makes money is what has me scratching my head.’

Follow the interesting exchange of ideas to better understand the
complexities of web-based companies as well as their human
counterpart.
–Sara V.
Buckwitz
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