Tribune Co. CEO is an Idiot
You can cite many reasons for the bankruptcy of the Chicago Tribune: the recession, the rise of the Internet, the fall of newspapers, et cetera. One reason I would like to cite is the idiocy of Tribune Co. CEO Sam Zell.
Let me take you back to April 2007, with this gem of a quote from Zell:
If all of the newspapers in America did not allow Google to steal their content, how profitable would Google be? Not very.
Yes, you read that right. This “media mogul” thinks Google “steals” from him.
Google is the king of search. Search is the dominant paradigm of media today. If you cannot be searched, you do not exist.
Sam Zell did not want the Chicago Tribune to be searched. Soon, the Chicago Tribune will not exist.
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