πŸ“‘ It’s Time to Stop Pretending the Murdochs Are in the News Business

Bookmarked It’s Time to Stop Pretending the Murdochs Are in the News Business (The Nation)

For Rupert and his sons, the press has always been the prime weapon in their power-seeking agenda.

Eric Alterman argues that Rupert Murdoch’s media empire is about power, not news. This is a response to the New York Times’ investigation into the battle for control at the heart of the business – something also discussed on The Daily podcast. This reminds me of dana boyd’s question of trust we are currently grappling with:

There are three key higher-order next steps, all of which are at the scale of the New Deal.

– Create a sustainable business structure for information intermediaries (like news organizations) that allows them to be profitable without the pressure of ROI.
– Actively and strategically rebuild the social networks of America.
– Find new ways of holding those who are struggling.

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