iCrap: News Corp’s digital newspaper

News today that Rupert Murdoch and Steve Jobs are putting out a newspaper designed specially for iPad and tablet devices.

Digital magazines and newspapers are on their way and I for one welcome them. I, like many others, am prepared to pay for good content that I can download and read anywhere … But I am not paying for anything from News Corp. No way, no how, not even a little bit.

Murdoch is a vicious old crypto-fascist and shame on Mr. Jobs for having anything to do with him.

I am hoping that digital publishing will empower individual writers and readers but it seems like the big corporations are all over it.

Rupert Murderoch claims that the new paper will combine “a tabloid sensibility with a broadsheet intelligence”. Utter bollocks. Contradiction in terms. Does he think we are stupid? Clearly.

Everything from Screws Corpse is produced by and for mouth-breathing knuckle draggers.

I remember when Rupe bought the Village Voice. There was an immediate boycott by readers, revenues plummeted and the old despot had to divest pdq. I suppose such a reader boycott will be too much to hope for with his new digi-rag.

One problem with digital publications: people like Murdoch can’t choke on their own products. Damn.

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About chrispagefiction

Author of the novels Sanctioned, Weed, King of the Undies World, and The Underpants Tree; also the story collection Un-Tall Tales; editor, freelance writer and all that stuff. At heart he is a London person, but the rest of his body is a long-term exile in Osaka, Japan.
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