This item was originally posted on CEMP's Interactive Media Portal on 30 October, 2006.
this news item is defective by design
“The newspaper industry has been struggling with steep declines in print-advertising revenue and declining circulation amid competition from the Internet and other media.”
Well, nothing gets past them. Jarvis’s advice is to make news free and drive readerships online. What does the news look like when it’s in free-fall? Maybe the Sun knows.
There’s a problem with moving online, of course. Sooner or later, someone will say ‘All Your Base Are Belong To Us’. IBM’s latest lawsuit against Amazon is an attempt to enforce a patent which covers ‘any web page that has an advertisement in one spot and some information in another.’ By the way the latest trendy piece of activism to float through consumer space is to mark DRM-crippled products on Amazon with the defectivebydesign tag.
Broadband internet access is becoming the communication service people can least live without. Unfortunately, politicians have no grasp of technology. This complaint declines in significance if you accept Lessig’s argument that most policymakers are in hock to their financial backers. Which is why its important that in this week of debate about the governance of the internet, there are organisations putting free expression on the agenda; and undermining efforts to censor bloggers; and allowing citizens to report on human rights.
Joe Flintham 2000 - 2015
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