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Wednesday, October 5, 2005

I decided I want to be a part of the "Fuck You" media.

For example, people used to say premium cable was dead because videotapes and DVDs made their third run movies obsolete, and because all the other channels had specialized niches, and because people don't want to pay a la carte for media in the era of the Internet and 500 channels. HBO said "fuck you" and developed kickass original programming with very broad appeal, like Sopranos and Sex in the City and Six Feet Under, and has made lots of money doing it.

People used to say the late night variety show was dead, and youth don't care about politics, and Jon Stewart said "fuck you" and started the Daily Show (albeit on a niche network). People said documentaries are boring and young people still don't care about politics, Michael Moore said "fuck you" and made another documentary.

People said search engines were boring and old hat, two guys from Stanford said "fuck you" and started Google.

Basically, fuck you media is broad-based rather than niche, stuck up rather than pandering, and unfashionable in either form or function.

I'm still waiting for someone to start a Fuck You newspaper. The closest I've seen thus far is the Independent in Britain. I don't think every newspaper has to become more niche-y and give up lots of circulation to survive. They just need some balls, some smart investors and a new approach.

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