Jersey Evening Post Goes Fully On-line – Provided You Can Afford To Pay For It.
Hey – I said my blog was becoming more widely read than I ever expected.
(OK, John, Chris & Rob? How’s it going? )
And my source was good – too. Got the story right on the money. I’ll get you a pint, next time we meet.
I wrote a post yesterday, the title of which was a moderated version of a famous Private Eye slogan.
In “New Technology Baffles Chain-Smoking Old Hack”, I cast a weary eye over the Jersey Evening Post – and in particular its absurd and inadequate adventure into the electronic age.
I mentioned this in Yesterday’s post, as my source (see – even I can do good old-fashioned investigative journalism, as opposed to press-release regurgitation) had been up-dating me from time-to-time about the belated stumbling of The Rag towards a technological age.
Following my Blog posting, the JEP of this evening rushed out an announcement of its new on-line edition.
So – trebles all round? A great leap forward? Good news for good news?
Look, I’m really sorry guys – but it’s just too little too late.
Consider the Guardian Unlimited site? I forget exactly when it began but it was quite some years ago now – probably around the time when the JEP was still using typewriters. The Guardian has had the full content of the paper accessible – as well as near round-the-clock updates for several years.
And it’s free – unlike the new “service” offered by the JEP. OK, so if you want to access its archive, or view an ‘as-printed-page’ edition, you have to subscribe.
But still – the full content of each day’s paper is available on-line in web format – for nothing.
You want this from the Rag? Sorry – you have to pay.
I could easily have categorised this post as “An Anatomy of a Spin” – so brazenly does the JEP pitch its new ‘service’ as some kind of marvellous advancement.
What it is just another predictable and tired exploitative abuse of market dominance.
Paying subscriptions to the JEP is all-well-and-good – if you are the some scion of the local rentiers, an accountant, a particularly ruthless estate agent (is there any other kind? Ed.) or used car salesman.
But what about everyone else. People who have to do two jobs to make ends meet? People who have to pay £180 per week to rent some fly-blown and mildewed hovel?
Let’s get a few things straight.
The Jersey Evening Post is the island’s only newspaper. It has ruthlessly abused this monopoly – this market dominance for many many decades. It has – without so much as a single wobble, implacably supported the ‘greed-is-good’, ‘devil-take-the-hindmost’, short-term self-interests of the island’s oligarchy. Often to a degree, and in ways, that can only be described as contemptible – disgusting – disgraceful.
The JEP has been the key instrument in producing an environment in which the cost of living is higher than central London and in which it has determinedly striven to keep much of the population politically illiterate.
The great majority of ordinary people in Jersey are financially exploited – and denied organised and effective political representation – largely because of the purposes of the JEP and its owners.
And now – you can have the privilege of consuming its shallow and tedious propaganda – the opinion management tripe spooned out to keep the island’s bosses in bonuses – on-line – if you pay for it!
In a nut-shell – what has the JEP done? Produced another expensive, bespoke service – readily affordable by the local entrenched elites – and in the process merely re-iterated its calculated and deliberate marginalisation of the poor.
So what does the JEP expect for all this? A medal?
Sorry guys – its 2008 now. We see all this cynical manipulation for what it is.
There can be no redemption for the JEP.
A person who posted a comment asked me what I thought of the other media in Jersey – the local BBC, FM 103, and Rankine – err – sorry – Channel Television.
I’ll have a go at answering that question tomorrow.
Book of the Post:
False Dawn, by John Gray.
Joke of the Post:
Q: How many computer journalists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Five. One to write a review of all the existing light bulbs so you can decide which one to buy, another one to write a remarkably similar one in another magazine the next month, a third to have a big one come out on glossy paper two months later that is by then completely out of date, a fourth to hint in her column that a completely new and updated bulb is coming out, and the fifth to report a rumour that that new bulb is shipping with a virus.