In an article for the Independent this morning, Stephen Glover critiques the Murdoch backlash championed, he claims, by the Guardian and suggests that those opposing the BSkyB bid should consider how Google affects privacy.
there is a more powerful organisation that may pose a far greater threat than Rupert Murdoch, and yet it is barely criticised by right-thinking people. Its name is Google.
Glover looks at the role Google plays in daily life through features such as Google Maps and Google Mail as well as comparing the company’s Conservative political sway with that of Rupert Murdoch.
I know which organisation worries me more. I should say in his defence that my old friend Henry Porter has attacked Google in the past, describing it as “an amoral menace”. I am sure he would agree with me that, for all his sins, Mr Murdoch publishes some very good newspapers and produces some good programming. Google may provide an invaluable service but it actually produces nothing much of value while taking billions of pounds of advertising from newspapers and television.
- #followjourn – @RupertNeate Rupert Neate/journalist
- Wordle: Rupert Murdoch’s optimism for print future
- Aggregators, plagiarists and kleptomaniacs: Rupert Murdoch’s Beijing speech in full
- Almighty Link: What would it look like if news organisations blocked Google?
- Mumbrella: Murdoch to remove sites from Google’s index?