NY Times In Denial: Only Teens & The Unemployed Will Game The Paywall
from the emperor-has-no-clothes dept
“Can people go around the system?” Sulzberger, the Times?s publisher, asked at a roundtable discussion hosted by the Paley Center for Media this morning. “The answer is yes, just as if you run down Sixth Avenue right now and you pass a newsstand and you grab a newspaper and keep running, you can read the Times for free.”
“Is it going to be done by the kind of people who value the quality of the New York Times reporting and opinion and analysis? No,” he continued. “I don’t think so. It’ll be mostly high-school kids and people who are out of work.”
This appears to be someone deeply in denial. First of all, even if it is just done by high schoolers, those high schoolers will grow up. And never subscribe. But, more importantly, he’s just wrong. Yes, some people will pay, but many, many, many people who are both adults and employed, will simply avoid the paywall completely.