Craig Mod wrote a brilliant essay analyzing the publishing industry.

He hits on many excellent concepts, but one of the best is this idea of business skeumorphism, to steal a term from design:

Business skeuomorphism happens when we take business decisions explicitly tied to one medium, and bring them to another medium — no questions asked. Business skeuomorphism is rampant in the publishing industry. The simplest example is with magazines.

This is an idea that I’ve been working to articulate for quite some time. The term still isn’t ideal, but he nails the innovator’s dilemma with it: namely that companies fail when they can’t see past the blinders of their past successes.

The entire essay is worth reading and can be applied to many creative disciplines today.