Questions: Whithering Moore’s Law

2 02 2009
  1. Moore’s law basically says that technology is growing smaller, less expensive and more powerful at an exponential rate. What are some examples of technologies today that are growing at this rate, especially those that apply to communications?
  2. Because Moore’s law results in “overshooting consumers,” consumers are benefitting from technologies they haven’t ever needed. This changes market dynamics drastically, making consumers expect more of the unexpected. Are consumers expectations now unrealistic (i.e. the hoverboard in Back to the Future) because of Moore’s Law?
  3. Much of the technological advancements of the day are now virtual (i.e. search engines, virtualization, etc). How does Moore’s law apply to virtual innovations, or does it?

Questions: ‘Seeing What’s Next’ Part 1

19 01 2009
  1. The authors discuss “asymmetries” in competition. What are some recent asymmetries in digital media that have differentiated a newcomer or incumbent? What about in social media?
  2. The 1996 Telecommunications Reform act shook up the teleco industries in both positive and negative ways, drawing criticism about the effectiveness of government intervention. In light of this, under what circumstances do you think would cause government to regulate or deregulate Internet economies?
  3. The last “hot bed” of innovation was the dot com bubble of the late 90s, during which million of dollars were invested into companies that ultimately failed. How can we again rebuild investor confidence in online businesses so that innovation can again reign, or is that level of innovation and investment even necessary?

Questions for We’re All Journalists Now

18 08 2008
  1. How should we qualify who should receive preferential press treatment when dealing with non-traditional journalists?
  2. What are the advantages/disadvantages of federal shield laws for journalists?
  3. Is journalism actually a practice, rather than a profession, as Gant asserts? How can “professional journalists” define themselves beyond the pay stub?

Wealth of Networks Questions

3 08 2008
  1. Benkler suggests the emergence of mass-scale, commons-based information production will not likely affect humanitarian needs. In contrast, can we identify any examples where commons-based, networked information has benefited humanitarian needs (i.e. Hurricane Katrina)?
  2. Does the expansion of technology necessarily make non-proprietary business models attractive? Have the benefits of commons-based, networked information economies in some instances trumped traditional capitalistic goals for businesses and individuals ?
  3. The rise of peer production has enabled non-market motivations and relations to play a much larger role in the production of information than ever before, according to Benkler. With this increased amount of quality productivity, has new peer-produced information devalued traditional information sources? With Wikipedia now available, has Encylopedia Britannica, for example, actually lost its value as a resource?

Long Tail Questions

13 07 2008
  1. With the democratization of tools for production and distribution and the cost of storing digital data reducing, more and more e-businesses will be able to compete in Long Tail economies.  How do today’s dominant online players need to differentiate themselves as competitors are able to close in on their business models?
  2. Anderson mentions hybrid business models are growing (Best Buy, Wal-Mart) to compete in Long Tail economies, but he doesn’t provide data for how successful these business models have been. When traditional brick-and-mortar stores open their businesses online, does this negatively impact their physical stores because people are shopping online instead, or do physical stores actually have more success with online exposure?
  3. Google has proven the value of filters to help consumers navigate the endless products and services on the Internet. However, could a conflict against the interest of consumers arise with a private company having so much control over what consumers access, and would government intervene to undermine the monopolization of the filtering market?