2008/07/01: Chris Anderson has been proved wrong. The Internet doesn’t increase sales of the long tail, it concentrates sales of blockbusters. Similarly, the Internet doesn't eliminate middlemen, it reduces their number and makes them more powerful; we’ve known this for ten years.
Flaminio de Castelmur per @SpazioEconomia Cosa unisce la musica jazz con il lavoro nella new economy? Poco, tranne il termine gig che fin dall'inizio del '900 rappresentava l'ingaggio di una serata (abbreviando forse il termine engagement). Saltuario come tutti gli ingaggi degli artisti nella musica. Utilizzò il termine anche Hillary Clinton durante la Campagna Elettorale del
Il 4 dicembre gli italiani hanno votato per il referendum costituzionale. Com'è possibile che il dibattito sia degenerato in psicosi collettiva?
This business case study describes the traditional dealership channel for retailing new cars, and provides data on how the dealership value chain was coming under attack in late 1999 from online buying services (OBSs) and others. The case presents detailed data on the economics of the traditional dealership by line of business: new-car sales; used-car sales; finance and insurance; and parts and service. It also provides background information on the general structure of the U.S. automobile manufacturing industry (including key aspects of how production planning is handled), and it describes how the overall auto distribution system works. Under that system, car- makers pump product into a highly fragmented and overcrowded network of dealers, who employ high-pressure sales tactics to move their inventory. Reacting to this unpleasant sales experience, more and more car buyers began to use OBSs to avoid haggling with dealers or to arm themselves with price and product information that helped them negotiate more effectively with dealers. Though relatively few consumers were actually buying cars over the Internet, the rate was growing rapidly, and new companies were aggressively seeking to establish the Internet as a channel. Based on the data presented in the case, readers can analyze the economic and market forces at play in the auto retailing business and assess how these will affect the traditional dealership channel.
There are two ways to be wrong about the Internet. One is to embrace cyber-utopianism and treat the Internet as inherently democratizing. Just leave it alone, the argument goes, and the Internet will destroy dictatorships, undermine religious fundamentalism, and make up for failures of institutions.1Another, more insidious way is to succumb to Internet-centrism. Internet-centrists happily concede ...
I have the honor to have been invited as a panelist to the third European Outreach Meeting of the Open Government Partnership, in Rome. The chair - my friend Guido Romeo at Wired Italia - had given me a fierce briefing: give the room a how-to list for involving citizens in collaboration with government institutions. In less than five minutes, in English and without using slides. So I complied as best as I could - it took three minutes, and a lot of simplification.
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