Rupert Murdoch has been — and remains — a man to watch. No, he’s not a particularly savory character — he introduced those infamous Page 3 girls! — but he’s a consummate businessman who inherited a single newspaper and created an empire just by giving customers what they want.
Maybe he’s a little bitter that so many weblogs picked up on his consumer-driven model of journalism or maybe he at last has developed some standards of his own that don’t allow for the sacrifice of perfect accuracy for the sake of a very-nearly-realtime publication schedule. Whatever the reason, Rupert Murdoch is apparently not a fan of the blogosphere.
Twitchy.com flagged a recent tweet by the media mogul.
“Tweeters who don’t like particular newspapers don’t have to buy them,” Murdoch tweeted. “Thousands of crappy blogs available.”
Among the several responses he received to that tweet was at least one comment that pointed out the obvious: Blogs have, for better or worse, stolen plenty of business from newspapers, particularly from newspapers light on original reporting and heavy on wire copy and commentary.
A quick scan of Murdoch’s Twitter feed reveals another possible reason for his disgruntlement with forms of rapid-response communications: He’s not particularly effective himself at communicating in short bursts. It’s as though he fears he’s about to run out of characters at any moment and so prematurely shortens his thoughts. The tweet in which he indicts “crappy blogs” is one of his more coherent.
Yet, for all that I couldn’t help but take his tweet personally (HotAir.com is a blog, after all), I also couldn’t help but agree with him. No media consumer in this day and age has any legitimate reason to complain about a source of information. The potential sources are so vast and so numerous that complaints are just a waste of time. Better for the consumer to spend that energy finding a source he or she does like.
Update: This article originally mistakenly said Rupert Murdoch introduced racy photos to Page 2 (of The Sun), when, in fact, the photos run on Page 3.