The Arrogance of Newsday: Trying to Control the Internet

“We plan to end the distribution of free Web content.”

That’s a direct quote from Tom Rutledge, CEO of Cablevision, which owns Newsday, the newspaper that covers Long Island, NY.

Here’s the whole story. It’s obvious that he and the powers-that-jerk-themselves-off high in the ivory towers of Cablevision have no concept of what the Internet is, or how users regard “content providers.”

Not highly.

As a friend of mine Twittered today, “Four years in new media taught me that people expect free online content. I predict Newsday will be sadly disappointed.”

Deservedly so.
You think any of them will ever get it?

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