Turning inner space into outer space

December 4, 2012

We come to bury The Daily, not to praise it

The corpse of The Daily — Rupert Murdoch’s attempt at creating a daily newspaper for the iPad — is barely cold to the touch, but already there is no shortage of post mortems.

We can learn a lot by picking through bones of the dearly departed, so I’ve rounded up a few articles worth reading:

Hamish McKenzie at PandoDaily: Get ready for the age of premium microblogging — How could the The Daily survive in an age where anyone can create a magazine?

Marco Arment at The Daily shutting down — He is the creator of the apparently profitable The Magazine. His advice is to start small and work your way up.

Mathew Ingram at GigaOm: Why Rupert Murdoch’s bold bet on The Daily was doomed from the start — Ingram’s smug attitude is irritating but he still makes some good points.

Matt Buchanan at BuzzFeed: Tech, Too, Killed “The Daily” — A look at the technological issues that plagued the publication.

Jeff Sonderman at Poynter: 2 major lessons from the demise of The Daily — Thoughts on platform and audience.

Jack Shafer at Reuters: The Daily didn’t fail — Rupert gave up — Argues that losses at The Daily were chump change for Murdoch. Plus gives a round up of even more articles about the end of The Daily.

John Gruber at Daring Fireball: Why ‘The Daily’ Failed — Not surprisingly, rushes to the defence of the iPad.

Finally, I asked tech writer Andy Ihnatko to elaborate on a tweet where he called The Daily “old timey.” He was kind enough to answer:

He’s right. A publication in the age of the Internet that publishes in a once-a-day cycle is indeed “old timey.”