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Slideshow: Top 5 Automation & Control Trends to Watch in 2012

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Rob Spiegel
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Re: Mainstream trajectory
Rob Spiegel   2/9/2012 2:31:40 PM
Yes, things have changed dramatically in the last decade, especially in the last five years. The dot com pioneers were correct that they were changing the world. Many of them, however, got crushed in the process.

For technology journalists, opportunities have proliferated for those who moved online. Design News is a good example of journalism moving online. The print journalists -- especially those at newspapers -- either learned to write for the web or moved to a new profession. 

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Mainstream trajectory
Ann R. Thryft   2/10/2012 12:52:30 PM

The move online has been a long and sometimes tortured road for many publishing companies and publications, both in and out of tech. Writing for the web has been one challenge, but I think one that's been at least as tough is figuring out how to shift the print ad revenue model to online revenue sources. I know there was a lot of discussion about that in the early days.

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