Debating the Merits of Aggregation

In Surviving the Media Aggregation Economy,” Digiday’s editor-in-chief Brian Morrissey weighed in on the price of the copy-and-paste approach often taken by publications like Business Insider. The piece’s call is to opt out of the copy/paste culture in favor of “responsible aggregation” that adds actual value rather than simply siphoning off pageviews. Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget responded on Twitter, pointing out that BI has seen great success in allowing its content to spread far and wide — and making the case that, even if BI aggregation doesn’t lead to direct traffic, it raises awareness and gives “publicity” to smaller publications like Digiday. Below is the back-and-forth between Morrissey and Blodget. Please weigh in with your viewpoint in the comments.

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