Advertising’s historic pivot point

Johnny Ryan Advertising / Branding / Marketing, Startups

This is a piece I originally published in Contagious. An understandable malaise in ad agencies surrounds all things digital. Low revenues on the one hand and a new answerability to metrics on the other are accompanied by a sense that digital formats remain largely underdeveloped, and that new, possibly unwelcome, surprises await. This is a moment of uncertainty. But it …

Startup networking at a 153 year old media company

Johnny Ryan Business Strategy, Media (Culture / Content), Startups

If a 153 year old newspaper is to adapt, to experiment, and take useful risks, it makes sense to work with startups. Since The Irish Times’ initial eight week experiment in 2012, both the NYT and the BBC have followed with their own ways of incubating early stage digital businesses. But beyond incubation there is a wider opportunity. Established media …

Week One: The Irish Times Digital Challenge

Johnny Ryan Business Strategy, Media (Culture / Content), Startups

I PREVIOUSLY POSTED THIS ON THE HUFFINGTON POST. RE POSTED HERE. Some months ago I set up The Irish Times Digital Challenge to invite digital entrepreneurs to propose ways to work with The Irish Times. Almost 81 early stage digital companies applied, of which 14 were invited to pitch in person. From this a final five of startups were selected …

The Internet makes trust and insight scarce commodities, and makes newsroom veterans more valuable

Johnny Ryan Business Strategy, Media (Culture / Content), Technology 2 Comments

Recently I have been looking at the newspaper as a service and as a business (for reasons that will become apparent later). Something is becoming clear. While the Internet makes information plentiful, and this in turn may be a challenge to some aspects of the newspaper business, deep insight and trust remain as scarce as they have ever been. Indeed, …

Jerry Brito of SurprisinglyFree interviewed me on the history + future of the Net

Johnny Ryan Internet History, Media (Culture / Content), Policy issues, Politics Leave a Comment

Jerry Brito, a tech thinker and writer for Time Magazine interviewed me about my recent book, A history of the Internet and the digital future as part of his ‘Surprisingly Free’ podcast series with techies. Jerry has an interesting background: he’s an academic, but he has also lead some interesting projects – see below – and has a interesting take …

Plastic information, niche audiences, extruded media, and network governance

Johnny Ryan Media (Culture / Content) 5 Comments

De Filosoof (The Philosopher), a journal edited by graduate students and faculty at the University of Utrecht, asked me to respond to some searching questions. Three are copied below [note: this is unedited draft text]… From the very beginning Internet has challenged social, intellectual and political hierarchies. RFC 3, released in April 1969, ‘established the principle that no text should …