From Dead Sea Scrolls to traffic goals

A strong week for legacy media last week, as Biblical scroll discoveries returned to the headlines for the first time in 60 years and the Beano celebrated its 70thbirthday. We also take a look at the recently released 14th annual Tech Trends Report(s) from the Future Today Institute, which contains such mind-melting predictions as “Some governments will consider granting the legal status of ‘electronic persons’ to sophisticated robots” this year. It’s all here, and it’s in tiiiny little chunks, so join us as we kick off the week…

Dead Sea Scrolls: It was a Biblical week for media last week, as two dozen fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls were unearthed in a cave in the Judean Desert. The literature is believed to be around 2,000yrs old, and it’s the first discovery of its kind for almost 60 years.

Traffic goals: Another practice many believed had largely been confined to the media history books until recently is traffic quotas. The issue came back into the industry spotlight last week, when Business Insider reported that almost all members of Fortune’s editorial union were staging a day-long work stoppage in protest of the practice.

The Beano at 70: Biblical text’s return after a 60 year hiatus was almost upstaged by the Beano’s birthday. Dennis the Menace turned 70 last week and is marking the occasion with a special birthday edition, guest edited by super-fan Joe Sugg.

Future Today Institute launches 14th annual Tech Trends Report: The Future Today Institute (FTI) has launched its 14th annual Tech Trends Report, which this year comes in twelve separate volumes that between them analyse nearly 500 tech and science trends across multiple industry sectors.

Digital Subscription Snapshot: One important component of the media sector that the Future Today Institute hones-in on is subscriptions, and FIPP last week launched its latest Global Digital Subscriptions Snapshot in partnership with CeleraOne.

Also from FIPP… This year’s digital DIS seminar series continues this week, with Amy Briggs, Executive Editor of the National Geographic and Host of the company’s Overheard Podcast.

You can read the full article on the FIPP website here.