[LAU] [OT] Advertising vs Linux Audio

Fons Adriaensen fons at linuxaudio.org
Tue Apr 24 08:40:06 UTC 2012

On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 01:59:50AM +0200, Patrick Shirkey wrote:
> Would you be willing to read or even contribute to a journal that seeks to
> revive the glory days of "journal"ism and return to the kind of content
> that you reference above? Would you be willing to accept that in order to
> pay people for their time and effort a certain level of tasteful
> advertising would contribute greatly to the funding pool?

Yes and yes.

But it's also very clear that if the existence of such a journal (in
whatever form) depends on advertising only, it can't be critical of
the products being advertised. You'd need some income from your
readers as well to remain even marginally independent. And there's
the problem: most people today are quite prepared to have their souls
sold as cannon fodder to advertisers in exchange for something 'free',
even if what they get in return is 99% junk. They are not prepared
to pay for information.
> That is the purpose of http://linuxaudiojournal.com

I find that a bit hard to believe, given its current contents and


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It's also a pipe-dream, founded on self-delusion, nerd hubris
and hysterically inflated market opportunities. (Cory Doctorow)

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