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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    Anonymous Coward, 23 Nov 2010 @ 1:49am

    Re: Re: Re: Links

    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,
    Think you might have been just a tad optimistic there - I'd say evidence suggests that "we the people" as a body will swallow whole the largest pile of horse manure available - but I heartily applaud the sentiment!

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