A cute story in the news about a dust-off between Rupert Murdoch and the honchos at Google highlights furthermore our changing media landscape. News International seems beset by problems these days. Good to see.
Murdoch seems to do anything to protect his business interests – justifiable, perhaps. The case surrounds SOPA, the ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’. It illustrates how institutions are struggling to enforce copyright in the 21st Century. It also has ramifications about how control is being controlled on the internet. Something that began as what Tim Berners-Lee (British computer scientist widely credited with coding the World Wide Web) intended as a research tool, has gradually been shaped as a platform for whatever people want. Corporations and Governments now act as the vanguard of information and free expression. Some media corporations seem to be having difficulty evolving into the new landscape, blinking into the Sun at an unfamiliar terrain and losing their grip on their old audiences, while others are intent on replacing the old establishment and systematically colonising cyberspace.
Long live IndyMedia.