Dapper Disputes is a feature where editors at The Airspace debate the merits and purpose of relevant issues in culture, technology, and scholarship.
‘Like’ Your Way To The New iPad
What the hell, everybody likes a good promotion and a new iPad.
Window closes on Tuesday, March 27th. So, what have you got to lose.
Ideas are Cheap
Lest I come off as petulant, I want to let it be clear that nobody else can do what The Airspace does and plans to do in the future. I am confident of this for a couple of reasons.
Ideas are ultimately awe-inspiring and worthless. There are buildings filled with people who have ideas—and I mean great ideas that could change the course of human kind forever. But, these ideas will likely never come to fruition because the originators of such ideas lack the gumption, resources, or mindset to call them into action. Just the same, there are warehouses filled with godawful ideas. The power in creating something like The Airspace does not come from the concept of wanting to start something. The power lies in the ability to address or create a need that people need satisfied and that only The Airspace can do. On the Colophon page, we list all the technology put into the system. Just because I say the website runs on a LAMP stack on cloud servers doesn’t mean everybody can implement the same and to the same success.
Building the Airspace
As of late, I have been doing an obscene amount of writing and reading with little reflection or contemplation in between. It has been a bit over a month since the idea of a podcast turned into a website called The Airspace. That span of time, roughly 40 days has contained some of the most confusing and doubtful periods I’ve experienced yet.
The modern and social Internet is still a young beast but there already are giants that exist. AOL properties like Huffington Post, Tech Crunch and Engadget compete other modern towers like Gawker. Old media beasts like The New York Times, and Wall Street Journal are constantly capturing the most vibrant and professionally vetted stories. New players with massive funding, like the Verge and PandoDaily, also have a place. But, for the little guys with no real training in journalism, no genuine expertise in web development, essentially no funding, and very few contacts to boot, entering into media is a daunting thing.