"I find the Daily an incredibly interesting prospect. Even exciting. The major problematic thing, it seems to me, is the lack of links to the Web. I don't know if that's an insoluble problem or not. But even if it is, here are the main reasons I'm rooting for the thing and only somewhat less emphatically betting on it.
- It'll be custom-built from scratch. It's difficult bordering on impossible for the managers of any established media enterprise to create a great new digital entity.
- It's well capitalized; Murdoch now has experience in digital; and James Murdoch's lifelong best friend, a 17-year veteran of Murdoch newspapers, is the editor.
- Yet weirdly, and very interestingly, they've hired a super-hipster New Yorker writer with a hyphenated surname as its culture editor.
- Its informing idea is said to be a combination of "a tabloid sensibility with a broadsheet intelligence." When we were starting Spy 24 years ago, we had something close to that very phrase in our business plan. It's what Gawker, in its way, has built its very profitable business on. It is the new-media sensibility in a nutshell, and it makes me eager to read it.
- There are almost eight million iPads out there already, and there will probably be tens of millions more by the end of next year.