Throughout the news these days, it’s become all too common for those who bring us the news to actually be the news. Traditional print media is taking a complete beating these days because of a fundamental failure to evolve. Newspapers were killed by free classified sites like Craiglist’s and never figuring out a good way to make money with their web sites, where they typically gave away the same content as their hard copies for free.
But this is interesting to me:
Sports Illustrated really looks like they could be onto something. I mean, in terms of “WOW!” factor, this has it. Everything you love in your favorite magazine, automatically updated to a slim device you can bring everywhere? With video? And sharp photos and color? Bring it my way. I am already ridiculously in love with my Amazon Kindle (which if you know me, you know I can hardly stop talking about it at times).
But here’s why I am talking about this in the blog. Three reasons really. First, I am a sucker for ideas that seek to push the envelope from what we commonly accept as “the way it is” and seek to do things bigger, better, cooler and so on. Great ideas are endlessly fascinating to me. Second, whether or not this device ends up panning out, it’s those who seek to bring forward these ideas that I give a ton of credit to. It’s easy to see all the questions that go along with this tablet: What will be the price point for the device? How about for the magazine subscription? Will I be able to get other magazines besides Sports Illustrated on it? What kind of competition will this bring out and will the competitors do it better, cheaper or both? But to go ahead and push forward with a product that changes the way we understand a commonly-accepted item to take them in entirely un-thought-of directions (iPods with music, the Kindle with books, Google with search, me with dead-sexy bloggers… you get the idea) is the inspirational piece to me… even if done by a gigantic media conglomerate like Time Warner/Apple/Amazon/Google.
The third reason has to do with the subject of the post. I think we all seek to fight the future in some ways because change can be pretty scary. I had lunch with a good friend today and we both talked about how we struggle with that at times. I find change both scary and thrilling… it just depends on the kind of change. For instance, when I see chances within the workplace to tear down old ways of doing things? I am all over it. Love it. Gets me fired up. But if you suddenly asked me to do the same, but uproot my life and move far away? That’s when you would probably hear the longest “Welllll….. seeeee…. the thing is….” ya ever heard in your life. The change might be great for me, but my appetite for it may be in the small tossed salad with a nice house dressing zone as opposed to the 32 oz. cowboy cut ribeye zone.
The moral of the story for me? Go for the steak, baby… go for the steak.