Good old “Two-Fist” Bill Keller, executive editor of the NYT, dropped the Apple bomb at a pay-vs.-free talk at an “off-the-record” staff meeting which, luckily, was been recorded for posterior. His talk mostly revolves around how the NYT will survive the web, itself an important and fascinating topic. However, the Internerds aren’t happy with all of that. Keller, probably tipped off by his staff, mentions the “Apple slate.”
You see, after hemming and hawing about all this “digitalization” of the computer nerds with all their Kindles and ebooks and supercomputers he lets loose with this rocking little piece of fluff:
“… we need to figure out the right journalistic product to deliver to mobile platforms and devices. I’m hoping we can get the newsroom more actively involved in the challenge of delivering our best journalism in the form of Times Reader, iPhone apps, WAP, or the impending Apple slate, or whatever comes after that.”
BLAM! WAP! When a man past a certain age plops the word WAP next to the words “impeding Apple slate,” you can be sure said man knows nothing on either topic.
However, if you want to hear a smart man talk about his views on the future of journalism, feel free to enjoy this video in that way.