The implications of a tech company 'restoring news' to a country
"Facebook restores news to Australia," read the headline in LinkedIn's little news rundown earlier today.
Think about that for a moment.
Forget for a moment the Australian government's move to try to force tech companies to pay publishers for their news, and consider this:
A big tech company can cause a mini-crisis by shutting down the news in a country.
What are the implications of that?
We certainly are living an an era in which "decentralized news" can give people a voice, and I believe this is a good thing.
But what happens when the deliver mechanisms of that decentralized news are still all controlled by a few big tech companies?
That increased voice can be silenced by the flick of a switch.
It used to be that all Americans received their news from a few sources with very similar filters. I'm of the opinion that this prevented diversity and creativity of thought in this country.
We've been led to believe that the Internet has changed all that.
But given today's headline that I referenced above, has it really changed it that much?