What is it with these titans of industry who don't use email or a cell phone or a computer? Michael Wolff, who keeps flacking his new book on Rupert Murdoch, says that the News Corp. CEO really hasn't a clue about how the Web works. John McCain took a little heat along these lines during the campaign, but for Murdoch not to know about this stuff? He’s the guy who bought MySpace. From I Want Media:
Q. With the rise of the Huffington Post and the 24/7 blog news cycle, does Murdoch really believe that his New York Post can compete with, say, Drudge Report? — Drew Grant, New York, N.Y.
Wolff: Honestly, I'm not sure Murdoch could find the HuffPo or Drudge.
Q. Why isn't Murdoch buying more Internet sites like MySpace instead of old media like the Wall Street Journal? — Renee Malpeli, Long Island, N.Y.
Wolff: Newspapers are his medium. He's the last newspaper man.
Q. Why hasn't Murdoch launched or acquired a news aggregation site like Huffington Post, Drudge Report — or Newser? — Don Robinson, New York, N.Y.
Wolff: He doesn't believe in Web news, doesn't understand Web news, couldn't care less about Web news.