This week's launch of Rupert Murdoch's iPad "newspaper," The Daily, is a milestone: It's the first significant attempt, since the Web conquered the digital world in 1995, to create a major new media product that embraces technology yet spurns the Web -- and the public Internet, too. Chris Anderson's Wired "Web is Dead" package was the warning shot for this phenomenon, but The Daily's introduction puts it in front of us in palpable touch-screen form. It boldly declares: We're digital people but we're not Web people.
Why do I say that The Daily spurns the Web and the Net? I mean, beyond the obvious reason that there is no Web site that offers its contents in a convenient form each day. It's not just that. The Daily also contains no links. (Some today see this as a plus; I do not.) There are no RSS feeds. No email addresses to contact the writers and editors. No email alerts or mailing list. Comments on the articles, yes, but not reachable through the Web. No, archives, back issue index, or search! (They're on Twitter, however. They have a blog, too, and it's not bad.)
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