Wednesday, August 7, 2013

What of Larry Page Had Bought A Newspaper Instead of Amazon's Bezos

Source:  Clouding Around.

Anyone reading my blogs probably already have a decent grasp on the storyline behind Android, Google, and Amazon's forking of Android to develop its own Kindle platform so I'll keep that and go right on to the gist of this post.

Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post a few days ago and the general perception of the $250 million deal has been positive even though everyone knows that there is a great chance and danger that Bezos will skew the Post towards issues friendly and of concerned to Amazon and his other enterprises.

Again, mostly positive.  If there was an outcry or a word or two of concern, I have not heard it.  So you're gonna hear it here by way of this.

What do you think would have happened if Larry Page, CEO of Google who has said some creepy things about a private island and privacy in general or Google had bought the Post or decides to jump at the opportunity to reshape the print and news media?

Oh yeah, you know what I'm talking about.

Everyone knows that having a large national newspaper with international followings is going to help shape opinions and policies all over.  Bezos will likely bring a lot to disrupt newspaper and magazine industry and bring about its death quicker but he'll also make damn sure that the Post is generally friendly towards his world views and enterprises.

And if Page owns, say the Tribune or the New York Times, we can expect the same thing to happen but there will be much more people crying foul about it.

Fair?  Of course not but that's the state of where the news media and blog world is at right now.

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