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“We’re calling it the Splice Low-Res Festival, because it’s a quick and dirty idea and we all know video conferences can be pretty fuzzy…We’re doing this because it’s cheaper than therapy.”
O’Reilly Media, long known for its successful conferences, has decided that it’s getting out of the business — no matter how quickly civilization gets past COVID-19. Will events revenue bounce back quickly in a few months or be lost under a mountain of Zoom calls?
Alt-weeklies’ revenues are disproportionately tied to locals gathering together in groups — at concerts, bars, restaurants, and other events and places where people stand less than six feet apart.
Declines in ad revenue and all those canceled events might prove manageable. But the real risk would come with a virus-inspired recession — and how the industry’s hedge-fund owners might respond to it.
“After what we’ve gone through in the last 18 months, I have the perspective that change is the only constant…If Tech in Asia can be a 100-year-old company, I’d be super proud.”
“Baltimore is a majority black city. When we first started out in 2017, I wanted it to have that point of view, to have a newspaper that serves a black population.”
“We have to continually work with our audience to make sure they love us later as much as they love us now.”
“She said…‘What you’re describing in the episode is what I’ve lived and what my family has experienced.’ She started sharing her experience. That completely changes the mood, the direction of the conversation.”
“Whenever you have an individual interaction, a lot of the bluster, a lot of the generalizations, a lot of the group identifications fall away,” one participant in Pennsylvania said.
“We weren’t sure how they would work out initially — the format sounded a little analog to us…As we’ve continued to do them, we noticed momentum building.”