Journalism

by Mike Masnick


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dilbert, paywall



Dilbert Takes On The Paywall

from the destroying-revenue dept

As a few of you have sent in, it looks like Scott Adams isn't a huge fan of paywalls, and has expressed that with his latest Dilbert strip:
Dilbert.com
It's a nice way to put things succinctly: setting up a paywall equals destroying revenue... I think this is actually a point that gets ignored by many defenders of the paywall. They think that any revenue earned from a paywall is incremental, as if implementing (and then managing) a paywall doesn't have tremendous costs. The maintenance side is one thing, but the real cost is opportunity cost in ceding the future to other publications.

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    Cdaragorn (profile), 12 May 2011 @ 8:18am

    Re: Seems Unfair ...

    ....to learn from the past so that we don't make the same mistakes again and again and again and again....

    /sarcasm

    If a paywall model is ever found that is actually valuable to the user in any way, I'm sure Mike will praise it. None of the paywalls mentioned here have ever even tried to do that, and many have even been stupid enough to try locking up content that is easily available in many other places.

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