thanks to Jim Lyons for putting the link on his blog.
"WSJ Editor Claims Google Devalues EverythingPeople, people, we have to stop whining and worrying and get real. People don't buy newspapers for the golden thoughts or unique information available. They buy newspapers because Print is a toy, a tool, or a token.
from the no-wonder-no-one-uses-it dept
This has been clueless newspaper guy month around here, and it's kept up with the appearance of Walter Isaacson (yet again), Mort Zuckerman (owner/publisher of both the NY Daily News and US News & World Reports) and Robert Thomson (managing editor of The Wall Street Journal) on the Charlie Rose program, where they spend plenty of time whining about the way things used to be and why people have to start paying -- but never touch on any reason why people should want to pay. Still... that's a dead horse at this point. Instead, I wanted to focus on the rather stunning claim from Thomson concerning Google:
But one of the -- Google -- I mean, the harsh way of just defining it, Google devalues everything it touches. Google is great for Google, but it's terrible for content providers, because it divides that content quantitatively rather than qualitatively. And if you are going to get people to pay for content, you have to encourage them to make qualitative decisions about that content.
This is wrong on so many levels it's hard to know where to begin. . . .
A Toy = crosswords and anagrams.
A Tool = who, close by is running a sale
A Token= "people like us, buy a paper like that"
People always have and will continue to willingly buy toys, tools and tokens. Information? Nobody needs more information to make life even more complicated than it already is.
Unless of course if it's gossip or the weather report.