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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Why I Love The NY Times' Paywall

Thank you, New York Times, for putting up your paywall. 

Although there are ways around it, as my readers have suggested, I'm actually glad you made it more difficult to access your content.

So much of my material over the past two and one-half years came from reacting to the bias of your news reports and the flame-throwing of your columnists, particularly Paul Krugman and Frank Rich.

It was easy and lazy pickings for me.

I still will click over occasionally when I see one of your articles linked elsewhere, and I am not swearing off ever responding to things you deem fit to print.

But the chain of addiction has been broken. 

I've learned in just the past several days that I can live without your material as blog fodder.

There is life after the NY Times.  Even for a blogger.

Update:  I need a little cooperation here, folks.  I can't do this alone.  Would you please stop tempting me:

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  1. Professor

    This is to be expected from a leader of the regressive movement. Socialism has never worked but that won't stop them.

    As I recall a few years ago they would only allow people to read the news and articles but you had to pay a fee to read things like the former Enron advisor Paul Krugman. Guess what....people didn't pay it and after (if memory serves) 1 1/2 years they went back to an open web site.

    How long will this pathetic attempt last?...TBD

  2. Professor, I really look forward to the day when you and other greats of the right blogosphere have gone way beyond the initial stage of exposing the leftist bias in the legacy media and are on equal footing with them, providing original reporting ... heck ... even newswire service ... how about some real competition for Reuters and AP, etc.?

    Where's the venture capital for the right's new media?

  3. I have wondered for a long time why publications charge for the privilege of reading their content. After all, they have a built-in revenue stream from their advertisers and the cost to advertise is directly related to the number of people who see the advertisements. It seems to me that the publication can make money by giving away the content, either print or on-line and build their revenue stream that way. I subscribe to several technical publications that do not charge me to receive their product. It's a win/win situation.

    Vic Fraenckel