Published on March 6th, 2008 | by Rahel Bailie0
Entering The Age of Content: a slightly different take on content convergence
Another article was published about content convergence, on the Data Conversion Laboratory blog, called The Dawning of the Age of Content – and why Content Convergence Matters to You.
This era reminds me of the late 1980s when the printing industry realized that the sludge they were paying to have hauled away was discovered to be watertight, and could be used to line landfills. Suddenly, they were being paid for it, so they had to find a way to handle it, store it, inventory it, and value it so the “product” could be processed through the financial system. We’re going through a similar green revival. I call it the greening of content: reduce, re-use, recycle.
Perception is everything, and the shift in perception from “content as liability” to “content as asset” is a biggest one. It moves organizations away from the “toss the content into a bin and forget about it” to the “let’s find a way to manage it properly and get value out of it” mentality. It’s lovely to see this, and reminds me that the area of content as asset is in its infancy, with an exciting future ahead of it.