The new Google News is what we say it is? (UPDATED)

Is Google moving into the [consent] manufacturing sector? Andrew Orlowski at The Register thinks so…

Make no mistake, Google is moving into new territory: not only making arbitrary, editorial choices – really no different to Fox News, say, or any other media organization. It’s now in the business of validating and manufacturing consent: not only reporting what people say, but how you should think.

Enough to make Noam Chomsky devour, even with a few extra grains of salt.

But on the heels of the information oligarchy pronouncement comes this:

Google Inc. has approached major cable and phone companies that carry Internet traffic with a proposal to create a fast lane for its own content, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Too close for comfort – something strange is afoot at the Circle K.

UPDATE: Lawrence Lessig, prominently mentioned in the WSJ article, calls the ‘pipe favors’ a made-up drama about an alleged shift in Obama’s policies about network neutrality. This reader thought the piece more akin to a David and Goliath preface, and thought little if anything about the politics (and had completely forgotten about it until Lessig chimed in). Others saw the business angle too.

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