Rupert. He’ll kill a Golden Age of media if he starts charging for every one of his rags on the Net.
Couldn’t be worse timing with Copenhagen coming up.
It’ll kill blogging and the way media is accessed nowadays. Paying a fee to access every one of Rupes’ rags? Let alone all the others? You’re talking thousands upon thousands of dollars per person if he intends to go on regular newspaper prices – or even a fraction of. And as a blogger, who cares if you do pay that fee?… Not as if all the readers will have.
In an age of unprecedented global connectivity among people, Rupert is essentially advocating a return to the one rag state of affairs.
And that’d be a real shame… Next up, bus crash in India kills 23. Hint: That’s what journo’s used to do if there was space to fill, but no story. Who’d know? Who’d be none the wiser? Tizona’s older readers would know about this. Tizona’s younger readers should.
Yes, they’d just make it up, and nobody would be the wiser. How could they be? But everyone trusted the media, and dutifully bought their paper (singular) every day.
See the dilemma? Rupert does. But what he’s advocating is a return to the old. Which, yes, appeals to the conservative side in folks. Eek, progressive media?!
Confused? You’re meant to be.
Old timers, it’s no use applying the old rules and saying you’ll gladly pay a subscription fee to the likes of Andrew Bolt. Newtimers, it’s no use saying you want global action when all that really means is a loss of the freedoms you might not be fully aware that you have.
Pay directly for every link you click? It’ll stuff linking. It’ll stuff the free exchange of information. It’ll stuff what is freedom in the modern world.
Besides, the millions of links bloggers working for free (or for nominal sums) sending traffic to Rupert over the years? The millions of comments? What? That doesn’t matter? That counts for nothing?
And regardless, we already do pay for every link we click. Did you get your Internet connection for free? Do you get your download limit for free?
(psst, by the way, it’s unlimited downloads and uploads in Korea, up to 5MB/second [alas, usually only around 700 kB/second]… Internet and satellite TV with hundreds of channels is about $50/month…shhh)
Rupert is stuck in the past.
It is, and was, not a good thing that Brisbane, my home town, has/had only one major daily rag. Thank goodness (and certainly not Al Gore) for the Internet.
In an age highlighted by the MSM’s complicit suppression of Climategate, where will we stand, post a “successful” Copenhagen cahoot, if, effectively, our access to news and media is, effectively, stifled?
It’ll send us back 25 years.
Do the math.