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While he was once known for his talent as one of the web's most creative leaders, Mark Cuban today is better known for his childish outbursts on the basketball court.  (Source: AP)
Billionaire tries to outdo Michael Bay by delivering fiery speech against what he sees as dying online world

Famed internet-made billionaire and blogger Mark Cuban raised quite a stir this week when he announced dramatically, "The Internet’s dead. It’s over."  The comments made by Cuban at the CTAM summit will likely strike many as eerily familiar of Michael Bay's HD DVD trashing rants.

Cuban became a billionaire when he sold Broadcast.com, originally Audionet, to Yahoo for $5.7B.  Cuban built Broadcast.com into an online powerhouse after co-founding it with earnings from the sale of his company MicroSolutions in the 80s, an early reseller of Lotus Notes.  Broadcast.com at its peak featured 420 radio stations and networks; 56 TV stations and cable networks; and live game coverage of over 450 college and professional teams. 

He used his wealth to buy the Dallas Mavericks and while a blogger himself, has recently taken a rather scornful attitude to the internet, which made him wealthy.  He recently created a stir when he became the first team owner to ban bloggers from an NBA locker room.

At the CTAM conference, Cuban's new anti-internet sentiment became vitriolic.  He addressed the panel which consisted of cable systems providers stating, "The Internet’s for old people."

Cuban claims the internet has stagnated and that the only new invention on the internet was YouTube.  Cuban, however, went to argue that YouTube is nothing more than a sham based on copyright infringement and represents little real creativity.  Cuban feels that cable and satellite networks have overtaken the internet in providing complex interactive services.  Cuban says he once thought the internet would be superior for providing such services, but remarks, "I was wrong."

He points to the openness of collections of cable networks versus networks built by telephone companies like Verizon, which are stymied by problems talking to each other.  Cuban envisions cable services offering users suites of office applications or other complex utilities, something he says would allow them to leverage their superiority to "outgoogle” Google.

While Cuban believes strongly that cable intranets are superior to internet, most experts think his claims are very off base.  They state that his proposed cable systems applications sound remarkably similar to the cable television network flop @Home, which attempted to market a higher-speed "private" internet, that was separate from the normal internet.

While Cuban is known for a flare for histrionics and outbursts, his collected, deliberate speech about his animosity for the internet is sure to stir up a great deal of controversy. 



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It IS dead, in a way
By aos007 on 3/28/2008 5:13:46 PM , Rating: 0
From an open place where everything was possible and that looked like it might change the world, all we have now is increasingly censored, heavily monitored and regionalized network. 10 years ago you could shop online from anywhere and get things delivered anywhere. Today you can't even shop from Canada in USA for most things. And years ago there were many online websites unrelated to each other, offering wealth of information about games, for example. But the situation today is such that I'd prefer a good old fashioned **respectable** magazine (like PC gamer, or what it used to be) to deliver my game reviews and news instead of having to comb the web for tidbits of typically biased information from websites that are actually mostly owned by the same people to try to figure out what is the truth. And let's not even talk about the politics (dissidents, rights violations etc.), censorship and other stuff. The internet IS dead, for what it was supposed to be. It's just an effective communications tool and a really great encyclopedia that can boost productivity enormously (e.g. for a software developer) but other than that, its impact is turning out to be far less than was expected - more evolutionary then revolutionary. The internet didn't force a change in the world - the world forced the internet to change (and abide to the old ways).




RE: It IS dead, in a way
By bplewis24 on 3/28/2008 6:21:27 PM , Rating: 3
I'd have to disagree with you. The interwebs are still growing and essentially becoming a more diversified product. What you're describing are flaws or drawbacks in it's growth.

And I could still buy a copy of a japanese game and import it to my doorstep, so I'm not really sure what you're referring to regarding the online shopping. If you're referring to regulation of online shopping...agains, that's just a byproduct of the ever-reaching globalization.

Brandon


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