The 87th General Assembly Comes to Close

From @dgoins, a shot of Gov. Beebe addressing the Senate today.

Memories: Gov. Beebe at the Senate today, by @dgoins.

What’s that light at the end of the tunnel, you say? Why, it’s the end of the 87th General Assembly! Pretty soon, all the goings on of the last three months will be a distant, bittersweet memory, leaving us with only a stockpile of pre-tax-increase cigarettes and lotto tickets — and a voluminous archive of lawmakers’ incessant blogging and tweeting.

All good things must come to end, we suppose. Or at least recess — until the fall!

Huffington Vs. AP on ‘Charlie Rose’ and Aggregator Envy

Curley on 'Rose'

Curley on 'Rose'

Huffington Post Editor Arianna Huffington and Associated Press CEO Tom Curley appeared on “Charlie Rose” last night to discuss journalism distribution on the digital age.

You can click here to see the full segment.

Curley’s argument: We’re not getting paid enough, so we plan to wall off content and create our own “landing page” which we’ll monetize. Huffington’s argument: Anytime you wall off content and ignore the obvious link economy on the Web, you’re going to fail. She says this several times.

Also included: Awkward moments of Curley trying to commend news aggregators like Huffington and search engines like Google that spend millions licensing AP content while simultaneously decrying news aggregators like Huffington and search engines like Google that manage to make lots of money while doing so.

Fun!

On a related note, Gawker goes after the argument laid out by the likes of Wall Street Journal Editor Robert Thomson and the AP that Web sites that link to news stories are somehow harming those news providers. Hitwise finds that search engines, portals, social networks and blogs generate significant link traffic to news sites:

Although several of the online aggregators are at the heart of the content distribution argument, they do successfully send visits to news properties rather than keeping them upon their own websites. Two sources that have increased the share of referrals in March 2009 when compared to March 2008 are Drudge Report and The Huffington Post. Others that have remained consistent include Google News, Yahoo! News and My Yahoo.

Gawker, noting Techmeme Founder Gabe Rivera’s CNet column pointing out the New York Times and even the Wall Street Journal themselves run their own aggregation sites, concludes that the newspaper industry’s real problem “isn’t that sites like Google News and Techmeme exist. It’s that they don’t own them.”