Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, has been named I Want Media’s Media Person of The Year. Bezos, who purchased The Washington Post in August for $250 million, beat out people like Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, and Anna Wintour.
Bezos won not only because he bought WaPo, but because of what might happen to the newspaper industry now that he’s involved:
Bezos shook up the traditional media landscape in 2013 with the announcement of his plan to buy the Washington Post, a leading newspaper for decades and a powerful force in shaping U.S. policy. The acquisition promised not just an ownership change for the 135-year-old institution, but a potential transformation of the ‘disrupted’ newspaper industry.
What does Bezos win for this honor? Just some bragging rights. Hey, it’s better than nothing. Sort of.