In a world where Instagram is worth more than the New York Times, old media is no longer dying, it’s dead.
Instead, in its wake, we’ve got the Wild West: A chaotic morass of never-ending slideshows, puny WordPress blogs breaking big time news (and selling for tens of millions) and the merger of lolcats and politics on a site which focuses just as much on content sharing as content.
Although we all agree that new media is just media now, there are many perspectives battling it out for the future of the medium and whatever form it will take — Aggregation vs. Original content, etc, etc and so on and so forth — “The medium is the message” is at its most poignant in online media.
We are lucky enough to have “The Three Musketeers” of news aggregation, Henry Blodget, Jonah Peretti and Gabe Rivera, joining us at Disrupt NYC later this month, to talk about the online media zeitgeist and where this crazy ship is headed.
I’ll be there! (Because I’m moderating.)
Tickets are still on sale here, and companies aching for the chance to join the Battleground can apply for the last remaining spots in Startup Alley. You can find the full agenda here.
Founder & CEO, BuzzFeed
Jonah Peretti is Founder and CEO of BuzzFeed, the first true social news organization that provides a pioneering mix of breaking news, entertainment and shareable content. Mr. Peretti, known for creating viral hits, tracking online social behavior and building technology to amplify buzz is also a co-founder of The Huffington Post. He has been called a “viral marketing hotdog” by the New York Times, “the poster boy of guerrilla media” by AlterNet and a “computer-whiz” by The New Yorker. Fast Company named Mr. Peretti one of the “New Faces of Social Media” and Business Insider listed him as one of the “11 Rising Tech Stars to Watch in 2012.”
Mr. Peretti is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab and has taught at NYU and the Parsons School of Design. His work has been covered by Time, the Economist, Fortune, and Business Insider and he has appeared as a guest on the Today Show, Good Morning America and CNN.
CEO, Co-Founder & Editor in Chief of Silicon Alley Insider
Henry Blodget is currently CEO co-Founder, and Editor in Chief of Silicon Alley Media, Inc., a network of real-time business news and analysis sites.
From 1994-2001, he was an investment banker and equity research analyst at Prudential Securities, Oppenheimer & Co., and Merrill Lynch & Co. From 1999-2001, he was ranked one of the top Internet and eCommerce analysts on Wall Street by Institutional Investor, Greenwich Associates, and other third-party firms. From 1999-2001, he ran the global Internet research practice at Merrill, coordinating teams of analysts in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
Gabe Rivera founded and leads Techmeme. He also enjoys cooking, napping, and encouraging people to fight each other online. He’s not a jerk, but plays one on Twitter. He lives in San Francisco