June 19, 2013
Rupert Murdoch vs. Google (and Reality)
Posted on Nov 9, 2009
In an interview with Sky News Australia, the News Corp. tycoon laid out his vision for the future of the news business, which bears little resemblance to the present state of the news business. Murdoch said he would soon begin charging for online content, block Google searches and Google News aggregation, and take those hoodlums at the BBC to court for stealing his content.
We’re going to chalk that last one up to a senior moment. Can you really picture those objectiphiles at the Beeb cribbing from Fox News and the like?
There’s something compelling, even in a tyrant like Murdoch, about an old newspaper man trying to save his empire. Hell, nobody really understands how the current media tumult is going to shake out, and maybe he’s onto something. But what Murdoch is talking about isn’t brave new thinking. It’s been tried.
There was a time, not so long ago, when there was no Google and newspapers tried to charge people for online content. It didn’t work.
Google has succeeded where newspapers have failed because from the beginning the company embraced the new media paradigm: Information wants to be free.
On the other hand, it would be nice to no longer have to see Fox News headlines in Google News. —PZS
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