To Jeff Bezos: I hope you can do for news what you did for online shopping.

I think it’s great that you bought the Washington Post.

It’s not that much money, and it’s basically a website, something you understand as well as anyone. Everyone uses Amazon. I hope you can do for news what you did for online shopping.

Let the people who work for you compete with everyone else. There’s a thirst for good news programming, just like there was an unappreciated demand for good drama programming that was filled by HBO, Showtime, AMC, etc. People underestimate users of news, world wide, not just in the US.

Point off-site, and make the goal making news great, in today’s context.

I totally look forward to seeing what you’ll do.

Dave Winer

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About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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