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The end of 2016 arrives to celebration among more than a few in the media sphere. Journalism and press freedom took a beating with leaks, leakers, hate speech, propaganda and illiberal paranoia. New media is breaking out of borders as traditional media races to converge and merge. Advertising is all about algorithms, and ad blocking. And Millennials; we must remember. Here are the top 10 2016 reports from

#1 - Big Leaks, No Meetings, Shoe Leather Reserved
never leaks Clandestine meetings on dark street corners, secrets passed silently, details checked diligently, the story written brilliantly and published under a tough editor’s watchful eye has narrated journalism’s highest calling, bringing truth to power. Real life is less dramatic. The digital age has brought new tools to the newsroom and a far different practice. The result is measured the same.





#2 - News Network In Search Of Itself Retreats
rock the news Maturity comes to international news broadcasters when hot coverage fades. Parachuting crews in conflict zones create, often, as many headlines as they report. There is a place for that and audiences are drawn to the excitement. When the buzz fades - and critics leap out - it’s time to “examine the business model.”



#3 - Makeovers, Takeovers And Much More Fun - Hurray For Hollywood
lean out The great digital dividend has opened vast new opportunities for film and television productions, not to forget animation, games and live events. And the demand for all that is creating more demand, a cycle, perhaps virtuous, maybe silly. Shareholders have their demands, too; sometimes not in synch with anything else. With so much fun - and money - available nobody seems to want to share.



#4 - Engagement In A Time Of Abundance
pollution New media technologies have performed miracles before our eyes. Pictures, stories, words and sounds are delivered to billions with ease unimaginable just a few moments ago. Information, content or spam, all of it streams ever faster, bigger, brighter and louder. None of this is a miracle; no need to call the Vatican. It’s just physics.



#5 - Words, Pictures, Algorithms Converge On Yachts
Hello, ad people Between robotics, artificial intelligence and other imagination-bending tricks, technology is the be-all and end-all of being-all and ending-all. Creativity is no longer an entirely human endeavor. There’s an algorithm for that.



#6 - Breathing A Lost Art When Media Investment Goes Hostile
up, up and ways The air between traditional and new media is both rousing and scary. One is powered by legacy, the other by change. These are strong instincts, in their own right. Different languages are spoken, time measured by the clock or the deal. Asset value descends from the great void rather than shelf life.



#7 - Exciting Or Not, The Future Has Arrived
listening Radio broadcasters, who once warded off threats of extinction from evil television, are feeling considerable anxiety inflicted by the streaming services and, more importantly, the notoriety they have achieved. Music, popular and otherwise, has filled the radio airwaves, interspersed with ads among many, occasionally DJs, sometimes with jokes, sometimes weather reports. Video, MTV and the like, did not “kill the radio star.” Audio streaming services enabled by mobile platforms are, at least by appearance, grabbing radio’s default audience, music fans.




#8 - Mirror, Mirror On The Wall, Ad People To Millennials Total Enthrall
so good to be me Nobody in the advertising business, at least, is altogether prepared to let go of the notion that buying and media habits established before adulthood are, well, set for life. Many advertising people fear – really fear – that Millennials are rejecting advertising and always will. There’s no fear like the fear of rejection. Ad people want to be loved.



#9 - Media In High Contrast, Very Black And White, No Grain Or Gain
flock of doves Armed only with their digital devices, pens long ago disappearing, media workers seem less equipped to fend off the onslaught of paranoia, polarization and propaganda. Complicit authorities keep inventing new and creative ways to sideline even basic news, lest the public know too much. Where media freedom is respected, however, folks seem to get along quite well, even happier. Perhaps that’s the point.



#10 - For Some, Advertising Is More Popular Than Ever
she's listening Advertising is a world of opportunity. With the digital space fully open, every sort of message meant to persuade can be crafted to touch just the right customer. This makes ad blockers so popular, the message being inescapable. Ad spending has recovered from the Great Recession quite nicely. And nobody turns down the money.


See also...

ftm Greatest Hits 2015

ftm Greatest Hits 2014

ftm Greatest Hits 2013

ftm Greatest Hits 2012

ftm Greatest Hits 2011

ftm Greatest Hits 2010

ftm Greatest Hits 2009


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