John Howard? Yeah Yeah. Earlier this week, Gerard Henderson preemptively slammed the SBS Howard-era doco, Liberal Rule, for portraying what he believed to be a rather unkind account of the John Howard legacy. We believe there must be a left-wing conspiracy involved in the rather unflattering choice of advertisement below the former PM’s picture on Citysearch’s review of the series.
— Josh Taylor (tip-off & screenshot from Richard Crocker)
Studio marketers are defenseless against Twitter, they squeal. The latest creation in the Ass-Covering Studio Excuses R&D Dept. is the “Twitter Effect.” Movies aren’t making money, you see, because too many people are learning, 140 characters at a time, how bad they are. — Natasha VC, Gawker
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Orwellian Amazon deletes 1984 from the Kindle but eBook free for download. Hundreds of Amazon Kindle owners in the United States awoke to find copies of 1984 and Animal Farm that they had purchased in the Kindle store were mysteriously missing. Emails were sent to users notifying them of an refund to their account. If the publisher wants to remove their publications from a digital store, they should have that right, but to delete books on people’s devices remotely seriously diminishes the value of digital publishing in the eyes of the consumer. — Willem Reyners Tay, Digital Media
YouTube: Our business is just fine, thank you. When Google reported its earnings last week, the company made a point to say that YouTube was on track to become a “profitable business.” Today, YouTube seems intent on driving home the issue, taking to their business blog in a post called “myth busters” that may have been more aptly titled “the media doesn’t know what it’s talking about.” — Adam Ostrow, Mashable
Free-to-air TV advertising income plunges. Advertisers spent almost $300 million less on free-to-air television advertising in the year to June than they did in 2007-08, according to industry revenue figures released yesterday.Media buyers said the overall decline was not as severe as expected but it would take a massive recovery to see television networks return to previous levels of profitability given the expected launch of new free-to-air digital and pay-TV channels this year. — Lara Sinclair, The Australian
Google not liable for defamation in search results, rules high court. Google is not liable for defamatory comments that appear in news articles, blogs and forums displayed in its search results, a high court judge in London has concluded in a landmark ruling for UK defamation law. — Mark Sweney, The Guardian
Change the law to save newspapers: Some modest proposals. As newsroom staffs continue to shrink and newspapers go out of business at an alarming rate, the difficulty newspapers have experienced in gaining economic traction online has been blamed on blogs and websites that link to content on newspaper sites. According to some, this kind of “free riding” is responsible at least in part for the distress in which newspapers find themselves. A number of proposals have surfaced, in the U.S. and abroad, to change the law to “even the playing field” between new media and old. — Jeffrey D. Neuburger, MediaShift
Huffington Post serves up hoax on front page. It’s hard to imagine anyone taking seriously a satirical proposal to build an airport on Central Park. Except maybe for the Huffington Post, which ran with the story on its front page tonight. — Ryan Tate, Gawker