On the surface, the news and music industries seem like completely different animals. With a closer look, though, you can see how the Web has thrown the entire media business into uncharted territory.
1. Radio is to music as newspaper is to journalism. Both forms of media enjoyed their heydays for the greater part of the 20th century. Then, the Internet came on the scene, and they were forced to adapt. Despite the rise in free digital music services, the radio remains a valuable commodity for mainstream artists to become known. In the same way, print newspaper has somewhat phased out, and digital has been thrust into the spotlight, but that doesn’t make print without clout.
Yes, history tells us that radio and print newspaper will eventually be relics. (Anyone still listen to their 8-track player while reading a paper delivered by a boy on a bike? Probably not.) Still, these media in their earliest forms have set a precedent – they’ve required that we attribute palpable value to their products. This sets a meaningful foundation for determining how our culture receives them in the future.