How Engaging Is An Open Public Discussion If It Costs $20 To Enter?
from the civic-square dept
But the details are coming out, and they seem... odd. Apparently, the newly named "Honolulu Civil Beat," which is supposed to be more like the discussion found in a "civic square" thinks it can charge people $19.99 per month to take part. That's quite a steep entrance fee to a "civic square." I thought part of the value of the civic square was its openness.
Even worse, Temple (who clearly knows better) is trotting out the old school media's most tired excuse for why paywalls will work: claiming that because the WSJ has done it, others can as well:
"People are paying on the Web for (publications such as) The Wall Street Journal; it has established value. ... We believe people will pay for content and experience that they value."But that ignores why people pay for the Wall Street Journal, which is not just that "it has value," but that it has scarce value that helps people make money now. I don't recall similar information being covered in the normal civic square. In the meantime, I'm sure there are plenty of local community sites for Honolulu already. Why would people want to pay extra to join just one of them?