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On Camera Market Analysis


This is a weird one to me. The analysis just doesn’t make sense for a remembrance post. But, Om is a Silicon Valley expert so, surely he knows more than I do.

Om Malik on DPReview being shut down

First of all, the camera industry is not healthy. Here are some sales numbers of digital cameras from CIPA:

Steady demand for multiple years is not a healthy market? Sure it’s less than the demand from a decade ago, but demand for cameras and lenses is not dropping off a cliff.

He then goes on to compare site visits for DPReview, a review site, and Petapixel, “another photography website that aggregates and publishes more “photography” related click-friendly content”. He determines that DPReview “wasn’t that good” with 1.9 million visits in January 2023 (down from 3 million in 2021) while Petapixel saw “its traffic surge” with 2.2 million visits in January 2023 (up from 1 million in 2021).

Om’s analysis:

  1. Camera Industry is not healthy because they’re not selling the same number of units they did a decade ago, even though they they have steady demand currently.
  2. Traffic review is all about the change in visits not the number of visits. Which in his research is approximately the same number for both sites he compared even though they are not the same type of site, just the same area of interest.

Robert Reich starts off a substack with

By igniting a culture war over sex, the GOP is distracting attention from Jan 6,

He should know this culture war was been ongoing for decades.


Mike Masonic writing at Techdirt

I feel like I keep needing to write this, but once again, no matter who does it and no matter which company they’re targeting, it’s wrong for politicians to promise to punish companies for their speech. For some reason, many people’s position on this point changes based on whether or not they like or dislike the politician, and whether or not they like or dislike the company. But it’s wrong.

Completely agree.

Today in bad headlines


Maybe there should have a course, or ten, on how to write factual and accurate article headlines in Journalism School?

Today in bad headlines:

US mortgage rates climb steeply, slowing housing boom

From the actual article

Vacation-home demand peaked in March 2021, Redfin said. That was two months after Freddie Mac’s average 30-year mortgage rate hit a record low of 2.65%. Borrowing costs have shot up since the end of last year, landing at 4.67% this week.

No mention of vacation homes in the title even though that is what the article focuses on. What is the basis for the claim that a 2% increase is the interest rate shooting up and climbing steeply?