Crisis? What crisis? Traditional media, particularly those that present video, are performing quite well, thank you. That's the message in a recent SNL Kagan study on American media. John McDuling, writing for Quartz, examines the list of highly profitable conventional media. An exception: Google, the most profitable of all.
AdAge notes that more time is spent viewing the Internet through mobile than through desktops and laptops, but that the advertising industry has not found a way to adapt to the mobile format. It is headed for a disaster if it does not accommodate the need for smaller devices and fewer ads.
Jesse Sheidlower, writing an opinion piece for The New York Times, argues for the inclusion of profanity in journalism. While society has shifted its tolerance for graphic language, media have barely changed. While terms that would insult should be handled sensitively, Sheidlower suggests the public is ill-served by cloaked, confusing language.
Stephen Colbert tried Monday night to douse the smoke from the social media controversy following a Tweet from his Colbert Report's official site (but one he doesn't use) last week that many viewed as racially insensitive and offensive. The program had been targeted in recent days online and Colbert acknowledged the Tweet was not placed in context. He also told people not to give any trouble to the activist behind the program-cancellation movement.