Why Murdoch's iPad-Only Newspaper Misses The Point

from the leaves-out-interaction dept

There's been lots of talk about how News Corp. is developing an iPad-only newspaper called "The Daily," but the more I read about it, the less sense it makes. The general thinking behind it seems to come from the same reasoning which explains why so many iPad publisher apps are so bad. They're approaching it as a way to bring back the old scarcities, which are now artificial scarcities. They're looking at the platform as a savior based on what it does not allow, rather than based on what it actually enables.

Creating a platform specific publication in a day and age when platforms have less and less meaning seems like a recipe for disaster. It's based on the idea that the Murdochs want to go back to an age of control, rather than embracing the age of enablement.

Filed Under: ipad, james murdoch, journalism, magazines, rupert murdoch, tablets
Companies: news corp.


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    Hougledougle, 23 Nov 2010 @ 12:36am

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    The reason why news is now gathered from multiple locations is because we the people were never the morons that the murdochs of this world took us for. We can often smell propaganda at 50 paces, and if we're not sure we now have many way of checking the veracity of what someone might be asking us to believe. I think this news app will fail too.
    I am so oroud of our youth for their activism regarding more open and accessible forms of knowledge aquision and they are educating the older generations along the way too.
    I'm 53 and have had my mind blown away so many times in the last 5 years or so by information sources that have changed what I believed to be warranted fixed opinions I never want to go back to the old ways of staying informed.
    Take note Mr Murdoch. We just don't buy "Fair & Balanced" unless it really is!

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