New Media Swallowing Up Old Media

The New York Times recently did a great piece exploring the differences between and Everyone has heard of Zagat since it’s been the resource for finding great food for almost 30 years. Yelp is an online company that launched in 2005.

The Times story points out the many advantages that Yelp has – it’s free for users, they cover any business with a street address (Zagat covers mostly restaurants), and they have many more reviews than Zagat. (They’ve also got an iPhone application that allows you to search based on your location).

The result is Yelp’s traffic is over 12 times larger than And it’s growing at a much faster pace. Zagat still likely generates decent revenue by selling subscriptions and printed guides, but with all of Yelp’s advantages it’s only a matter of time before the younger, hungrier Yep swallows them up whole.

Check out the full New York Times article here.

Click here to visit Yelp or Zagat.

Should 18-year-olds get licenses to drink?

Orange County college presidents oppose plan, which backers say would reduce law breaking by those under age 21.

Students from Chapman University will appear on the “Dr. Phil” show Friday, discussing a national movement that seeks to lower the legal drinking age from 21 and create “drinking licenses” for 18-year-olds.

The show’s producers “selected a group of Chapman students and will be interviewing them throughout the year,” said Chapman President Jim Doti, who is also on the pretaped show.

At least 130 college presidents to date have signed the so-called Amethyst Initiative, launched in July, which supports the proposition that 21-and-up drinking laws don’t work, encourage law-breaking and don’t control teenage bingeing.

“Under Legal Age 21, fewer young people are drinking, but those who choose to are drinking more,” one argument on the initiative’s Web site reads.
Should 18-year-olds be able to get licenses to drink?

Yes — after all, they can go to war at 18

No — that’ll just add up to more problems for everyone.

I don’t know — don’t they drink anyway?

I don’t know if I’m just getting old or what, but I think this is ridiculous?!

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