Putting a Leash on Google and Facebook Won’t Do Much to Save the Traditional News Model

Living with two preteens, I get almost daily requests to approve new apps. My standard response is to ask my kids to describe the app, why they want it, and how it makes money. The last question is important, and not just to avoid in-app charges: Understanding the forces that drive the online economy is crucial for consumers, and increasingly for citizens.

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2 thoughts on “Putting a Leash on Google and Facebook Won’t Do Much to Save the Traditional News Model

  • July 29, 2019 at 10:59 am

    what’s so good about what you have the gall to call traditional model? this was not a rhetorical question, and here is the answer: NOTHING … if what you call the traditional system worked, neither google nor facebook would have stood a chance …

    • July 29, 2019 at 12:59 pm

      It might take gall to say it, but the writer’s vision appears to be 20/20. They defined “traditional model” in this mid-story passage: “their business model is to deliver an audience to advertisers.”

      “The internet has made it clear that news organizations aren’t primarily in the journalism business. ”

      As far as this so-called journalism business, which by inference sometimes means “objectively reporting news of record” there never was much of one. That’s just a myth used to puff up self-righteous egos who write the public policy cruft media use to camouflage the demographic targeting that is the foundation of their business.


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