Print media is so out of touch with reality…
News this morning that Fairfax media hired casual staff in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to remove pages 5 and 6, 45 and 46 from about 200,000 copies of the Sunday Star Times liftout last week after it was discovered that… shock horror… a link was printed to a website run by porn queen Suzanne Portnoy. This raises two interesting, and somewhat dichotomous, points;
- It’s available to anyone with an internet connection, a browser and a search engine – censorship is futile
- If it’s that outside the tastes and interests of your readership, why print it at all – isn’t it merely low brow titillation otherwise?
Fairfax lost out both ways – first by scraping the barrel and printing the dribble and then by a last ditch attempt to censor it