From Doc Searls: The Revolution will not be intermediated
Nothing with real real value is dead, so long as it can be found on the Web and there are links to it. Humans are the ones with hands. Not intermediaries. Not AOL, or TechCrunch, or HuffPo, or Google or the New York Freaking Times. The Net is the means to our ends, not The Media, whether they be new disruptors or old disruptees.
I agree with Searls. I think quality will win; whether that is good writing or good photography. The venues for publishing and the business models to support it will continue to evolve. His point above also plays into the strategy of curation; the human kind aided by algorithms will win I think.
From Infectious Greed:
Google has become a snake that too readily consumes its own keyword tail. Identify some words that show up in profitable searches — from appliances, to mesothelioma suits, to kayak lessons — churn out content cheaply and regularly, and you’re done. On the web, no-one knows you’re a content-grinder.