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Interviewing him for Uncommon Knowledge, I served up several questions in a row that all but begged Robert Thomson, chief executive officer of News Corp —which owns the Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, and more than 150 other newspapers — to weep and moan about the way technology has squeezed the profits out of journalism.
Thomson wouldn’t bite.
Instead he demonstrated a total ease with technology, insisting that, over time, journalism will prosper on the Internet. In this excerpt, Thomson compares journalism with wearable devices such as the Jawbone. (Note, by the way, that the “CES” to which Thomson refers is the annual Consumer Electronics Show.)