Friday, January 31, 2014

Ya But...Where, Exactly, Is Mr. Bezos Hiding His Rosebud?



How many out-of-work journos are polishing their resumes right about now:

The Washington Post has significantly increased its budget and plans to make dozens of newsroom hires under its new owner, the Amazon founder Jeffrey P. Bezos, the paper’s executive editor, Marty Baron, said in an interview on Wednesday.

Mr. Bezos has closely consulted with The Post’s leadership in plotting its growth strategy and the moves represent Mr. Bezos’s “first mark on the paper,” Mr. Baron said....


Wonder how long it will be before the WaPo's newsroom is rechristened the 'info-fulfilment center'?

If you get my drift.

And is there an actual business strategy behind this Hearstian endeavour...Well...Other than 'Digital Uber-Alles Forever!' it's hard to see one...Maybe if they started flogging Earnest and Julio Gallo and hired a 'Card-Tricks' Editor...



James King, Victoria said...

I was kind of thinking Bezos might be planning to use a fleet of those creepy-robot drones to deliver the WaPo 'paper' info product. There's an interesting review of Gabriel Sherman's book on Roger Ailes in the New Yorker that makes some interesting analogies with Hearst's career and political influence.

When I was reading it I couldn't help but think Bezos might see himself as a kind of 21st century Hearst too!

RossK said...

Ya, well...

Joseph Cotton-type minds thinking alike and all that.