Setting aside Lee’s original Long Tail skepticism, possibly because it suggested the blogosphere presented an opportunity to impact journalists at the head (e.g. WSJ columnists?); I emailed the following thoughts to my friend. This feels like an attempt by Anita to manufacture some Long Tail controversy to benefit her research/writing, much of her observations actually match what Chris suggested in The Long Tail.
Did I miss something? Any thoughts?
From: Dan Rua [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2008 10:19 AM
Subject: RE: Long Tail questioned
UPDATE 07/03: Erik over at TechCrunch came away with a very similar analysis shortly after mine. In fact, his summation sounds strangely familiar:
“In the end, Elberse presents a false dichotomy. The choice is not head or tail. It’s both.”
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