From Scarcity to Abundance: the Long Tail of Internet Markets

Here are the materials and additional resources mentioned in the September 28 Quest lecture:


From Scarcity to Abundance: the Long Tail of Internet Markets

The Rise and Fall of the Hit Timeline


The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More, Chris Anderson

The Web:

MIRRORLESS CAMERAS AND LEGACY LENSES: Part I (Getting Started), Part II (Jupiter Lens History), Part III (Jupiter Lens Repair)

18th Century Cooking  YouTube channel, Savoring the Past Blog

Long Tail Businesses:

Google – Search and advertising

Amazon – Books and other goods

Netflix – Movies and TV shows

iTunes – Music, movies and TV shows

eBay – Niche and one-off items

Etsy – Niche and craft items

Pandora – Music

Kickstarter – Capital

Kickstarter Examples:

iOgrapher – Photography case for the iPad

Glif – iPhone stand and tripod mount

Pebble – ePaper Watch for iPhone and Android

Long Tail Examples:

Timbuk2 – Custom messenger and laptop bags

Flitetest – R/C aircraft reviews, models and equipment

Print, Image, Sound, Video and Film Archives:  – a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Try the 78 RPM and Cylinder Recordings or the George Blood digitized collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art or NASA as a starting point. The Library of Congress Columbian Exposition of 1893 is a good collaborative example between and the Library of Congress. The Ephemeral Films are also interesting.

Library of Congress – Astonishing collections covering many aspects of American life and history. Start with the Digital Collections — curated samples of the Library’s holdings. The Collections with Audio are also interesting.

The Thomas A. Edison Papers Project at Rutgers University – Five Million pages of documents that chronicle the life of the inventor through a series of interactive publications.

American Radio History – This archive reaches back into the dawn of the 20th century and houses dozens of digitized and searchable magazines and publications covering the Broadcast Radio and Television industry as well as amateur radio, hobbyist electronics and computing. Magazines like Byte and Popular Electronics are available here.

Recording Examples:

78 RPM and Cylinder Recordings

Rhapsody in Blue (original acoustic recording 1924)

Rhapsody in Blue (Duo Art 1925)

Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin/Grofé/Whiteman, Orthophonic 1927)

Rhapsody in Blue (Levant, Ormandy, Philadelphia Orch, 1945)

Porgy and Bess (Original Cast, 1940)

78 rpm Records Digitized by George Blood, LP.

Podcast Examples:

Serial Podcast


This Week in Tech

WTF with Marc Maron, President Obama

15 Minute History – UTexas

Television and Cinema Examples:

The Beverly Hillbillies “The Race for the Queen” 1963

The Space Adventures of Flash Gordon 1955

Betty Boop “A Song A Day” 1936

Charles Chaplin’s “The Pawn Shop” 1916

Georges Méliés “Excelsior, Prince of Magicians” 1901