Back in January, the New York Times admitted it was thinking about charging for its online content. While plenty of people explained why this would be a very bad idea, putting it in the company of the Wall Street Journal, who is losing its relevance with many influencers, it appears the folks at the Times didn't get the message. While they're not locking up everything, they admitted today that op-ed pieces and columnists will all go behind a paid wall starting this fall. It will cost you $50/year after that if you want to know what the NY Times thinks you should think. While some people will pay it, this seems like a bad idea all around. It will make the NY Times' thought leaders much less relevant, much less discussed... and much less valuable.
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