Analyst Predictions Shape Emerging Industries: Are You On the Radar Screen?

Industry analysts have become the Roger Eberts of the new economy, often driving the fate of corporate ventures with a collective thumbs up...or down. And when they speak, reporters listen. Case in
point: the latest media frenzy surrounding AOL's planned launch of AOLTV, a service that will enable users to chat online and check email while watching the tube. A June 8 Reuters article discussing the
long-term viability of the service quoted seven analysts, but not a single AOL spokesperson (okay, we're nerds...we counted). Outlook? Partly cloudy skies, but generally a good forecast for AOL -
provided its merger with Time Warner goes through.