This list of fading industries has been making the rounds, and the analysis has been interesting.
My take on three: Technology has effected them in ways you don’t expect, as newspapers, video production and photo finishing have now become DIY jobs for all of us.
With newspapers, we have become our own editors, deciding what topics and what sources to gather from. We have one customer: ourselves.
With video and images, the tools have become so cheap as to be ubiquitous, and our expectations for DIY so low that most of what we do is “good enough”. Some argue that a business owner doing his own video work is more “authentic” than having a team of professionals come in and make something that’s broadcast quality.
I’m waiting for the chart of growth industries so I can look for corners that are in need of innovation.