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

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

  • Wow – I found this article as a trackback from my blog. Porn Queen?? Hardly. I am a divorced, middle-aged, single mother of two teenagers. I have written two sex confessionals, the first of which was a bestseller and the second of which has only just come out in the U.K. I can only assume that the article the Herald published was syndicated from the London Sunday Times magazine, who published a cover story on me a few weeks ago and mentioned my blog. The story was about the rise of the sexually liberated middle-aged woman and about my lifestyle. I haven’t made a porn film in my life. Interesting how the media chose to spin this story.

  • Well makes a change from boring old Saas 🙂

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