June 17, 2006

nobody really knows where the whole thing is going to end up


Thomas of English Cut [Savile Row tailors etc] was recently interviewed by BBC Radio 4's "In Business", where they talk about "Web 2.0". Jeff Jarvis is also interviewed, as well as the Director General of the BBC, and some bigwig over at The Guardian.

You can listen to it on their website for the next week or so, or you can download the podcast here. Thomas makes his appearance towards the end, about 22 minutes into it.

It was actually a really interesting show. I think the key point I took away is that the media business is currently in a period of great transition i.e. nobody really knows where the whole thing is going to end up. This inclues big media companies AND "blogging gurus" alike.

Tom made a really interesting point: That by having blog, it attracted a completely different type of customer than the kind he had before English Cut came along. Totally changed the landscape forever etc.

[Bonus Link:] A video clip taken from my local village pub, with my friend, Robert Scoble's face appearing on the BBC evening news.

Posted by hugh macleod at June 17, 2006 2:16 PM | TrackBack

Listened to the bbc podcast hugh linked to; English Cut's Thomas was great. He makes THE point - "People want to know the proper story behind things; full stop." and so in his blog he provides just that - as he says "here is the truth behind it" - not revolutionary rocket science, just a respectful way to speak to people and not use any marketing spin.

I must also mention a great piece about the Slow Food movement which also chimes for people following the co-creation philosphy. The founder re-brands consumers "co-producers" - it's great. See you all at the Terra Madre event in Turin in October!



Posted by: James Thomson at June 18, 2006 11:10 AM

The "In Business" podcast is great! Definitely one of the best IMHO. Once I get my speakers back working (they keep cutting out after about 10 minutes of use out on my IBM notebook), I'll listen to this one!

Posted by: Gordon at June 18, 2006 12:59 PM

Yay - Scoble's gone Global!!

So what's the deal with smoking in a public place then?!!

Posted by: Paul Fabretti at June 19, 2006 11:58 AM

Thanks for the pointer, that was an interesting programme.

In case you want to point people just at the bit featuring Thomas, I've used my McQN.net Real Audio Clip Generator to create a clip pointing to just that section - http://www.mcqn.net/projects/RealClipGenerator/8P6Gsq.ram It'll be valid until the BBC replace the audio stream with this week's programme.

Posted by: Adrian McEwen at June 19, 2006 12:32 PM