Chris Anderson (born 1961) is editor-in-chief of Wired, which has won a National Magazine Award for general excellence three times during his tenure.
Ch. 8, p. 143
Our growing affluence has allowed us to shift from being bargain shoppers buying branded (or even unbranded) commodities to becoming mini-connoisseurs, flexing our taste with a thousand little indulgences that sets us apart from others.
Our, growing, affluence, allowed, us, shift, bargain, shoppers, buying
We are turning from a mass market back into a niche nation, defined now not by our geography but by our interests.
We, turning, mass, market, niche, nation, defined, now, our
For the first time in history, hits and niches are on equal economic footing, both just entries in a database called up on demand, both equally worthy of being carried. Suddenly, popularity no longer has a monopoly on profitability.
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The world of shelf space is a zero-sum game: One product displaces another.
world, shelf, space, zerosum, game, One, product, displaces, another
In an era without the constraints of physical shelf space and other bottlenecks of distributions, narrowly targeted goods and services can be as economically attractive as mainstream fare.
era, without, constraints, physical, shelf, space, other, distributions, narrowly
A Long Tail is just culture unfiltered by economic scarcity.
Long, Tail, culture, unfiltered, economic, scarcity
Talent is not universal but it is widely spread: Give enough people the capacity to create, and inevitably gems will emerge.
Talent, universal, widely, spread, Give, enough, people, capacity, create
Never underestimate the power of a million amateurs with keys to the factory.
Never, underestimate, power, million, amateurs, keys, factory
The Web is the ultimate marketplace of ideas, governed by the laws of big numbers.
Web, ultimate, marketplace, ideas, governed, laws, big, numbers
The ultimate cost reduction is eliminating atoms entirely and dealing only in bits.
ultimate, cost, reduction, eliminating, atoms, dealing, bits
For a generation of customers used to doing their buying research via search engine, a company’s brand is not what the company says it is, but what Google says it is.
generation, customers, used, doing, buying, research, via, search, engine
In a world of infinite choice, context not content is king. (Chris Anderson quoting Rob Reid)
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Remember, in the tyranny of physical space, an audience too thinly spread is the same as no audience at all.
Remember, tyranny, physical, space, audience, thinly, spread
Blockbusters are the exception, not the rule, and yet we see an entire industry through their rarefied air.
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We are entering an era of unprecedented choice. And that’s a good thing.
We, entering, era, unprecedented, choice, good, thing
Order it wrong and choice is oppressive; order it right and it’s liberating.
Order, wrong, choice, oppressive, right, liberating
This is the end of spoon-fed orthodoxy and infallible institutions, and the rise of messy mosaics of information that require and reward investigation.
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Fundamentally, a society that asks questions and has the power to answer them is a healthier society than one that simply accepts what it’s told from a narrow range of experts and institutions.
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