Yeah I know I have chosen a rather strange abbreviation for my blog. Also one that might seem rather arrogant. Quality Journalism?! Here is the story behind the name: the German newspapers are for the most part unable to generate enough revenue on the internet. Google News they claim is at fault. Or if not that at least Google should pay for linking to German newspapers, because they are producing Quality Journalism(TM) and the momopolist
German newspapers are having trouble - a lot of it. Two of the seven newspapers which publish everywhere in Germany went into bankruptcy last year. This is in part due to dropping sales figures, combined with less revenue from advertisement because of the Euro crisis but also a big chunk is that none of the German newspapers has a working online business plan.The biggst issue in my opinion is redundancy. In the last century most newspapers had their own little monopoly which generated a ever growing revenue stream. This has changed and the publishers are in trouble.
The publishers think they found someone else responsible for that: the internet and the Gratiskultur (everything free culture) in it. For years they had warned against this dangerous place. Everyday they showed the horrors of this place full of thieves, sexual predators, „killergames“ and whatnot. Who else could be at fault for their failed business model but this awful place? Since one can't just improve their business model by blaming a medium they had to find some entity within it to blame. They found Google.
to get our current coalition in power reported
neutrally and for this they demanded asked for the
Power Protection Law (this is the translation of Leistungsschutzrecht which describes its purpose best): it was supposed to make it illegal for search engines and news
aggregators to quote online news at all. No more snipplets in
searches unless the publishers get payed a license fee. Well you might think
this is kind of silly since they can already tell the crawler of the
search engine to not use snipplets and you would in fact be right. Robots.txt has a function by which the publisher can tell the crawler exactly that called nosnipplet. There was almost no truthful information available in the German media about the cons of the PPL. It was a coordinated misinformation campaign second only to the one in the advent of the Iraq war. Here a a few of my favorite examples:
"Wir glauben dem Google-Slogan ‚Don't be evil’ und denken, die netten Jungs mit dem bunten Logo meinen es doch nur gut. In Wirklichkeit will Google nur erzkapitalistische Interessen durchsetzen und sein Geschäftsmodell optimieren"„We believe in the Google slogan ‚Don't be evil’ and think that the nice guys with the colorful logo just want something positiv. In reality google only wants to enforce archcapitalistic interests and to optimize its business plan.“
Really? That comes from Döpfner the CEO of Springer who publish our archcapitalistc yellowpress thing BILD (the equivalent to FoxNation with more BOOOBIES).In the interview he then goes on to tell how he wants to
just help to feed the world optimize his archcapitalistic businessplan.
The boss of the lobby organisation about the google campaign against the PPL:
"Der Internetriese nutzt seine marktbeherrschende Stellung einseitig im Eigeninteresse und scheut sich nicht, seine Nutzer dafür zu instrumentalisieren.""The internet giant uses its monopoly onesided in its interest and instrumentalizes its users to that end"
Jeder sollte wissen, Google ist noch zu viel mehr im Stande – ohne sich wie die deutsche Presse der Wahrheit verpflichtet zu fühlen.„Everybody should know that google could do even more – without feeling bound to the truth like the German press“