Mainly because I'm out of sorts...
Weird outliers exist in every industry, and in every time. It's just that now get mroe examples of it worldwide, in realtime.
Five bits of anecdotal weirdness do not a trend make.
Given the furious pace of technological change, there's no reason to assume any current distribution model will last 50 years. Maybe not even 20.
The following used to be important distribution channels or outlets:
- American News Company
- B. Dalton
- Walden Books
- Drive-in movie theaters
- The American Mercury
- The Houston Post
- The Chicago Daily News
- Tower Records
- AM Radio
- FM Radio
Where are they now? Dead or dying.
Push the timescale out long enough, and the future of Apple, Amazon, YouTube, Time Warner/Comcast, NPR, The New York Times, and broadcast TV are no more assured.
Will they be replaced by Kickstarter? They'll probably be replaced by the thing that replaces the things that replaces Kickstarter...
"Smith!" screamed the shrewish voice from the telescreen. "6079 Smith W.! Yes, YOU! Bend lower, please! You can do better than that. You’re not trying. Lower, please! THAT’S better, comrade."
"For legal reasons, the trucks are always rolling!"
No chance at success. Just like the rest of ObamaCare, a misconceived piece of legislation that managed to take a market plagued by serial distortions of preferential tax treatment for third-party insurance and actually make them worse by larding on an individual mandate and even larger subsidies to insurance companies.
And the worst is yet to come, when some 80 million additional employer-sponsored policies are cancelled.
The failure of the website is just the cherry on top of incompetent conception, planning and execution all along the line. It can take Apple or Microsoft 6 months to fix the bugs in a major release to an X.1 release, and Accenture is supposed to take someone else's far-more-dysfunctional code-base and make it work in 8 weeks?
Not going to happen, and just another example of the serial dishonesty and manifest incompetence of the Obama Administration.
...another small electronic device to hurl across the room and smash into little bits!
We all know that 2014 will be The Year of Linux on the Desktop!