What’s going on at The Guardian? Across the inner cities of the world, goes out the cry these days — has The Guardian completely lost the plot? Three weeks ago, the paper edition of what is increasingly a news site had a hefty 20% price hike, to £1.20 an issue — enough of a psychological barrier for many former addicts to wonder if we really needed it every day. Then editor Alan Rusbridger posted a “letter to readers” in which he claimed among other reasons for supporting the paper, the WikiLeaks/cablegate stories — months after its journalists had written a peekaboo book about the affair, traduced their source in numerous stories, and sold the book to Hollywood.
This seems to be the upmarket version of the ad The Sun used to run, and was much-mocked for — “Got a story? Call the Sun on XXXXXXXX” — butThe Grauniad has gone one stage further, with the announcement that it will open its daily newslists for the next day’s edition, so that readers can help out with them.
Not only do you have to write the sodding paper on Twitter, you now have to edit it too. No word yet on how much of Rusbridger’s £400,000-plus salary will be distributed in the same manner. Perhaps eventually, like the state, The Guardian will wither away. It certainly seems to be the strategy of its current management. — Guy Rundle
Pasting elitism onto The Monthly. Cut and Paste was set to work reading The Monthly today, as News Limited went to the mattresses over Anne Summers’ unthreading of Andrew Bolt — and scored, by taking a slab of a Don Watson piece, reflecting on class differences in car purchases, and pinging him for, uh, reflecting on class differences in car purchases, which was elitist. There are no elitists at News Ltd — except perhaps for Bolt, who titled a piece on racist gangs in Melbourne’s west as “The underclass stirs”, suggested that nobody in Dandenong — or any outer suburb we presume — reads a book, and implied that the prime cause of murderous violence was living in a caravan park.
No elitism there, just God’s word to the elect. — Guy Rundle
Front page of the day. This graphic front page from Egypt, which saw at least 24 killed yesterday in protests between Christians and the military …
Department of Corrections. Often in newspapers there are legitimate mistakes. Although on occasion there are illegitimate mistakes. From The Guardian’s October 8 edition:
Baltimore’s paper gets a pay wall …
“The Baltimore Sun is the latest newspaper to add a metered paywall, for both print and non-print subscribers. A digital subscription will cost $2.49 per week or $49.99 for 26 weeks (which works out to $99.84 per year) for non-print subscribers, and $0.75 per week or $29.99 per year for print subscribers.” — Paid Content
… so does the Indy — if you live overseas
“The Independent, which celebrated its 25th birthday on Friday, is to launch a paywall for non-UK readers, a top-priced iPad application and strip more than 70,000 free bulk copies from its circulation, in a strategy designed to reinforce its credentials as a premium multimedia title.” — Paid Content
Today’s Beyonce actually three months old
“Nine’s Today Show viewers will have been impressed with the big start to the program’s visit to New York, based on the set of Good Morning America. One of the big treats – heavily promoted throughout the morning — was Beyonce, playing in Central Park. Dr Mumbo wonders how many of those viewers will have noticed that it wasn’t actually tagged as live.” — mUmBRELLA
US govt demand access to WikiLeaks emails
“The U.S. government has obtained a controversial type of secret court order to force Google Inc. and small Internet provider Sonic.net Inc. to turn over information from the email accounts of WikiLeaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.” — Wall Street Journal
Condé Nast goes to Hollywood
“Condé Nast, intensely focused of late on reducing its reliance on advertising (or at least finding ways to give current advertisers more value), plans to announce the creation of a full-fledged entertainment division on Monday. Developing television and online programming based on Condé Nast personalities, articles and general brands is the first priority, although movies are also a focus.” — New York Times