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Chris Anderson in 2005

Chris Anderson (born July 9, 1961) is editor-in-chief of Wired, which has won a National Magazine Award for general excellence three times during his tenure.


The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More (2006)[edit]

Page numbers refer to the 2006 Hyperion edition, ISBN 1401302378.

  • Our growing affluence has allowed us to shift from being bargain shoppers buying branded (or even unbranded) commodities to becoming mini-connoisseurs, flexing our taste with a thousand little indulgences that sets us apart from others.
    • Introduction to the 2006 edition, p. 11
  • For the first time in history, hits and niches are on equal economic footing, both just entries in a database called up on demand, both equally worthy of being carried. Suddenly, popularity no longer has a monopoly on profitability.
    • Ch. 1, p. 24
  • The world of shelf space is a zero-sum game: One product displaces another.
    • Ch. 2, p. 40
  • We are turning from a mass market back into a niche nation, defined now not by our geography but by our interests.
    • Ch. 2, p. 40
  • In an era without the constraints of physical shelf space and other bottlenecks of distributions, narrowly targeted goods and services can be as economically attractive as mainstream fare.
    • Ch. 4, p. 52
  • A Long Tail is just culture unfiltered by economic scarcity.
    • Ch. 4, p. 53
  • Talent is not universal but it is widely spread: Give enough people the capacity to create, and inevitably gems will emerge.
    • Ch. 4, p. 54
  • Never underestimate the power of a million amateurs with keys to the factory.
    • Ch. 5, p. 58
  • The Web is the ultimate marketplace of ideas, governed by the laws of big numbers.
    • Ch. 5, p. 70
  • The ultimate cost reduction is eliminating atoms entirely and dealing only in bits.
    • Ch. 6, p. 96
  • For a generation of customers used to doing their buying research via search engine, a company’s brand is not what the company says it is, but what Google says it is.
    • Ch. 7, p. 99
  • In a world of infinite choice, context—not content—is king. (Chris Anderson quoting Rob Reid)
    • Ch. 7, p. 109
  • Broadly, the Long Tail is about abundance. Abundant shelf space, abundant distribution, abundant choice.
    • Ch. 8, p. 143
  • Remember, in the tyranny of physical space, an audience too thinly spread is the same as no audience at all.
    • Ch. 9, p. 163
  • Blockbusters are the exception, not the rule, and yet we see an entire industry through their rarefied air.
    • Ch. 9, p. 167
  • We are entering an era of unprecedented choice. And that’s a good thing.
    • Ch. 10, p. 168
  • Order it wrong and choice is oppressive; order it right and it’s liberating.
    • Ch. 10, p. 174
  • This is the end of spoon-fed orthodoxy and infallible institutions, and the rise of messy mosaics of information that require—and reward—investigation.
    • Ch. 11, p. 190
  • Fundamentally, a society that asks questions and has the power to answer them is a healthier society than one that simply accepts what it’s told from a narrow range of experts and institutions.
    • Ch. 11, p. 191

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