After writing my intelligent and awesomely insightful post about Rupert Murdoch’s misguided plan of having all his content de-indexed from Google (and I assume Bing, Yahoo!, Cuil, etc., etc.), I read what I thought might be an intriguing post from Mark Cuban, who, according to this post title, I think is an idiot. His post pretty much confirmed my suspicions. He’s an idiot.
I’m not talking just about his supporting all the “9/11 was an inside job” kooks, though that surely makes him suspect. I’m not even talking about his inability to apparently use a question mark (there’s no space between the last word in the sentence and the question mark!!!!!! Geez!). I’m talking about his premise about how the Ruper (what they call him down at the YMCA) is having all his content pulled from Google’s index.
The problem is, instead of telling us why the Ruper is right, Mark Cuban just talks about how Twitter was a game-changer (hate that word). And that’s fine – Twitter has changed the game some. But that story is soooo three months ago. Cuban doesn’t tell us anything other than Twitter is awesome and Rupert Murdoch is smart.
However, he doesn’t address Murdoch’s going to a paid content model. If I followed a link on the Twitter to a fucking site where I had to pay money for a fucking subscription to read the damn article, I’d be pissed. And I imagine the same could be said for other people. It isn’t going to make NewsCorp any more money. It’s likely going to piss people off and the only people who’ll shell out the dough to access their news are either other journalists or Fox News true believers. If I were advertising with Murdoch’s properties, I’d join the other rats fleeing that sinking ship. And I haven’t read anything saying Murdoch isn’t pursuing a paid content model. It’s idiotic, and, again, it’s putting ego over profits. Counting on only the Twitter and Facebook to push your brand is also 1999 thinking. To support that kind of idiocy makes you an idiot too. Though, not knowing how to use a question mark and joining the kook squad does too (okay, I’m an asshole and going back on my word of those not making Mark Cuban an idiot).
It’s his ball and he can do with it as he wants, just as Mark Cuban can use his network and name to pursue the whole Bush Administration caused 9/11 angle. But if you’re gonna’ tell me that Rupert Murdoch is right and I’m an idiot, tell me why, don’t just lay more fucking platitudes on the Twitter.
And don’t call me a netizen.