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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    The Groove Tiger (profile), 11 May 2012 @ 8:34am

    This is, of course, just another kind of paywall. By giving the content for free, you create a cost for people that don't come here, thus, it's a paywall of freeness. People might want to be blocked from this site or have metered reading limits or something, and you're FORCING them to be able to come here and read for free! See? Paywall!

    And Big Search, Big IT, Big Ben, Big Mac and Deuce Biggelow.

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