Techdirt To Not Charge Readers For Content

from the just-saying dept

Okay, this one's just for fun, but seeing that Canadian national newspaper the Globe & Mail has announced that it's following on the pointless trend of putting metered paywalls up for online publications, and announcing it like it's a big deal, we figured it might be nice to remind people that some (actually, er, most) online publications are still doing just fine publishing for free. But, if they can get news out of making life worse for their readers and community, why can't we make some news out of the fact that we like to treat our community right, and let them read our stuff for free, and freely share it and talk about it? I don't see how making life more difficult for readers, limiting them, demanding that they pay and letting them do less in terms of sharing the content will do much to make people more interested in the site. As for the claims that the Globe & Mail is struggling, as Globe alum Mathew Ingram points out, perhaps they shouldn't be building new office space...

Filed Under: canada, globe and mail, mathew ingram, news, paywall


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 May 2012 @ 4:42am

    Re: John Doe to not charge news outlets for his time or eyeballs

    What about contributions you make to the community through comments? Will that be free to?

    Surely you'll charge when you deign to respond to comments of others. Not charging for that would be CRAZY! There would be no incentive to interact with the populace filth at all!

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