Friday, February 13, 2009

News deflation

"QOTD" from D:All Things Digital

"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.”

Robert Thomson, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal

I'm already mourning a future without a daily newspaper but them's the breaks. I worry for the future of the Republic in the face of the implosion of the value of traditional news gathering too, but I suspect the Republic will somehow survive and we'll eventually wonder what all the fuss was about.

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