Your Media Business Will Not Be Saved
Joshua Topolsky

What must be understood is that, with few exceptions, The Problem now exists not only in content creation/distribution but in every industry.

Think of “content” as “any use of an existing technology”: banking, taking a taxi, booking a hotel room, watching a movie, making a phone call, listening to music, managing a team, posting a classified ad, hiring a temp. I could take all day to write this list and still not be comprehensive. All of these activities have had their traditional processes undermined by the decentralized nature of the Internet.

We are enduring the effects of a quiet revolution that occurred between 1994 (HTTPS launched) and 2004 (high-speed surpassed dial-up).

The only way to curtail these effects is by shutting down the Internet, which only happens during times of extreme civil unrest (e.g. Arab Spring). It would take an incredible amount of systemic breakdown in the U.S. to get to that point. It’s very doubtful that will ever happen; safe to assume we are locked in to these effects.

Here I theorize how decentralization will affect U.S. politics: