Google a 'Tapeworm:' WSJ Exec

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 6, 2009 10:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – Content aggregators like Google—and yes, the humble site you’re reading now—are “parasites or tech tapeworms in the intestines of the Internet,” Robert Thomson, editor of the Wall Street Journal, told fellow News Corp. paper the Australian last week. He warned that the “mistaken perception” that online content should be free “will be a catalyst for action, and the moment is nigh.”

Both the Journal and the Australian are owned by Rupert Murdoch, who last week said newspapers must begin charging for their online content. “Readers have been socialized—wrongly I believe—that much content should be free,” Thomson says. He dismisses Google’s argument that it drives traffic to the content provider, because “the whole Google sensibility is inimical to traditional brand loyalty. Google encourages promiscuity—shamelessly so.”

Tuesday editions of Barron's and The Wall Street Journal are on a New York newsstand, Tuesday, July 31, 2007.
Tuesday editions of Barron's and The Wall Street Journal are on a New York newsstand, Tuesday, July 31, 2007.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
A woman talks on her cell phone while using a laptop at a ceremony to launch Google's free music download service for China in Beijing, China, Monday, March 30, 2009.
A woman talks on her cell phone while using a laptop at a ceremony to launch Google's free music download service for China in Beijing, China, Monday, March 30, 2009.   (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
Rupert Murdoch speaks at a news conference in New York in this file photo of Oct. 20, 2006.
Rupert Murdoch speaks at a news conference in New York in this file photo of Oct. 20, 2006.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, FILE)
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