Forget the last apocalypse. A second apocalypse is upon media. Tom Foremski, writing for ZDNet, says the strikingly low advertising rates for mobile are a new, much more menacing threat to conventional and digital media. He has found that mobile rates are about one-tenth desktop rates, which are as we know already quite lower than broadcast or print rates. How bad is it? Even Google is taking engineers off other projects to find ways to monetize mobile. Foremski paints a picture that, if you're looking to start your work on an optimistic note, is best left unread for the time being.
The U.S. Supreme Court could decide as early as today if it wishes to hear appeals from people sent to jail when their online comments were deemed illegal. Those appeals could establish standards that determine where free speech ends and hate crime begins online, writes Sam Hananel for Associated Press.
Lots of press freedom news today. The Columbia Journalism Review writes on the crackdown and pushback in Hungary, where the government has been meddling with the main public television station and shuttering the main opposition radio station. It also examines the forced departure of foreign correspondents from Yemen. Nigerian forces have raided newspaper depots. The two killers of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya in 2006 were sentenced to life, while three others were sentenced to 12 to 20 years in prison.