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Blog Stefan Niggemeier - Germany | 31/08/2012

Publishing houses act like Google victims

The German cabinet decided on Wednesday in favour of a bill on ancillary copyrights allowing publishers the right to demand money for their contents from Google and other search engines. But the publishing companies arguments are built on sand, the journalist Stefan Niggemeier comments on his blog: "A search engine performs a service: it brings readers to contents that interest them. This is a double service, both for the user and for the content provider. ... But just ask yourself, who should be giving money to whom? And who depends more on the services provided by the other? ... The emotional argument runs: Google's got the cash. The company makes fantastillions of euros in profits, so it's not going to hurt it to pass on a bit of that to media companies that barely manage to keep their heads above water. ... This emotional argument is so effective because Google not only earns a ridiculous amount of money, it also sits on the other end of the world, a huge business with far too much influence that doesn't really do anything useful (apart from opening up the Internet to us and thus giving the impression of being indispensable.)"

Blog Stefan Niggemeier - Germany | 29/11/2011

German tabloid stokes anti-Greek sentiment

The Europa-Union Deutschland, a German pressure group that supports further EU integration, handed the German tabloid Bild its "European Thistle" award on Saturday for its negative reporting on Greece, which Stefan Niggemeier claims in his blog amounts to incitement of the masses: "For months now 'Bild' has worked systematically to ensure that no one thinks of the Greek people without the word 'bankrupt' automatically popping into their minds. ... 'Bild' is systematically making not just a state but also everyone who belongs to it seem despicable. This is a form of incitement of the masses. The resentment, or at least the reflex, was no doubt already there. 'Bild' simply stoked it, nurtured it and intensified it for its own profit. The more 'Bild' stirred up resentment, the greater the resentment became, and the greater the resentment the more 'Bild' came across as the voice of the people. Imagine if the argument that stirring up resentment wasn't so bad because it was already there anyway were applied to what happened in the 1920s and 1930s. The anti-Jewish sentiment was already there, too."

Blog Stefan Niggemeier - Germany | 15/02/2010

Print journalists mistaken about Internet

In his blog Stefan Niggemeier expresses surprise at the hostility many 'print journalists' feel towards the Internet: "The online worlds are ... being denounced as the home of fraudsters and perverts. ... It may well be that in the future fewer journalists are required. Certainly not the hordes whose main task consists in feeding agency reports into their own editing system and reformulating what has already appeared everywhere else. ... For most professional media the journalistic opportunity and economic duty will consist in researching and producing their own content, specialising, and establishing and maintaining their own competence in the dialogue with readers. ... Nothing has changed as regards the need for journalism. What has changed is that it no longer takes place in a world lacking in information, but in a world with an excess of information."

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