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Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Rufus says:

    Well, the pay’s better there; but the conversations are better here, which I’m convinced is because the League doesn’t have that obnoxious ‘called out comments’ function. Regardless, I read you guys here and there as well.Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird says:

    I still hold that you guys add value to the site.

    Sadly, I reckon that the folks who regularly post boobage get more hits… maybe the three of you would want to start working such into essays?

    “While the oil spill will keep bikini-clad women such as this one from sunning themselves on the beaches of Louisiana, it’s more troubling to examine effects like the following…”

    That sort of thing.Report

  3. Avatar Pat Cahalan says:

    Ugh:

    “Forbes has a mission, Forbes has a voice and that’s not going to change,” Dvorkin said, in perhaps the most revealing quote of the phone conference.

    You know, when the dot-bomb exploded, a lot of companies that actually had workable business models died, because the market hadn’t caught up with the technology yet. Now I see more and more old brick-and-mortar stores moving into the online world, doing exactly what dot-coms did 12 years ago, but succeeding as they’ve already captured a customer base (well, that and they’re not overreaching and also not run by power drunk smart people who didn’t realize that most of America doesn’t surf the internet the way they did).

    Now, though, we’re seeing Old Media try to fold New Media into its web, and somehow I’m thinking it isn’t going to work too well.

    The expectation of the consumer has in this case already shifted. If Old Media is going to buy New Media, they’d better run it predicated on the assumption that people are now interested in New Media, not Old Media.

    Since people are still struggling to monetize New Media, I’m expecting them to try and shoehorn the old world expectation on top of the new world customer. I expect flameouts.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

      I used to read Forbes occasionally, because there were copies lying around the exercise machines at my health club. It’s basically pornography for people who get more excited by money than sex.Report

    • Avatar JosephFM says:

      @Pat Cahalan,

      Indeed. I mean…what was one of the highest-profile buys of new media by old media in the last five years?

      Oh yeah. News Corp buying Myspace. Right when people were abandoning it.

      For all the whining its content brings though, I do think the big exception is Slate, though I suppose it helps that they had a lot of former Old Media people working for them from the start.Report

  4. Avatar JosephFM says:

    I’m still a regular reader of all of you there. (E-mail updates ftw!)

    I just don’t comment as much because they keep showing up on my Facebook and on Google searches for my real name.Report