Franz Laage

2024 / Feb 20 / 09:28 CET

Media companies crying about people not looking at their ads anymore never gets old. Most recently complaining about the Arc browser, which uses a summary model for search queries. It won’t display „traditional“ search results. As if ads are the only way to make a profit in the space. There are options, there’s no law against offering more than one. Ryan Broderick had a great write up on this. Subscriptions work, if the content is worthwhile. There are many examples of media companies increasing their profits in the “digital age”: The Guardian, Slate, NYT, 404 Media, Defector. If nobody wants to read your click baity stuff to get the info that would have fit in 140 chars, maybe it’s okay if an AI summarises it.

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