The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Since its inception, Canadian NEW MEDIA has rarely focused on public stock exchanges as an editorial avenue worth much ink. That’s partly because the mainstream media do a superb job of reporting market activity, and we would find little appetite for yet more coverage. More than that, though, the markets are often disconnected from the value companies put into the new media value chain – usually innovative new technologies and business models that aren’t accurately captured in a daily closing price. Markets in the digital age move on momentum, but we believe our readers want an in-depth look at how companies are faring in the larger environment of government regulation, business theory, technological development and larger demographic trends. The companies innovating in new media may not be around six months from now, but their contributions to the sector are valuable beyond how owners (public and private) are rewarded monetarily. Investors find themselves, once again, in the crucible. Their woes in the telecom, computer and health sciences industries aren’t insignificant. Capital has dried up, and broadcast (radio and TV) over the Internet will suffer the consequences. But tens of millions of dollars continue to pour into the industry from government and television fund coffers in areas where the capital markets have never played a significant role. With every issue, CNM notes new projects and developments that augur well for the consumer, regardless of whether those companies perform well financially or not. If CNM has never looked to the markets for editorial guidance, it certainly won’t do so now that the TSX and other markets’ collapse dominate the mainstream business pages. Visionary entrepreneurs, enlightened broadcast executives and government policy makers know that the groundwork they lay down today will pay dividends in future. A collective self-interest continues to thrive in some pockets, and those individuals who seek to contribute to society for a reasonable return should be given every opportunity to prosper.