Monday, May 16, 2005

The NYT Takes Bat and Ball Home, Won't Play No More

The NYT, tired of all the critics storming the barricades and wondering why we all don't just shut up and go away already has, after a study was conducted for fixing their declining readership and declining credibility has hit on the neat idea that maybe, like the Wall Street Journal, they should charge money for access to, get this, their editorial page!

Via Atrios: to charge for Op-Ed, other content as of Sept (NYT) By Carolyn Pritchard
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- The New York Times Co. (NYT) on Monday said that, starting in September, access to Op-Ed and certain of its top news columnists on the paper's Web site will only be available through a fee of $49.95 a year. The service, known as TimesSelect, will also allow access to The Times's online archives, early access to select articles on the site, and other features. Home-delivery subscribers will automatically receive the service, the NYT said.

We remember when went pay for view. Losing not only many readers but huge influence, they instituted a "watch this ad" for a daily view but even so, the site, aside from the great cartoons, is a wasteland now and is seldom cited.

Atlantic Monthly went pay for view. The raging forums there died. The citation of articles perished. We used to suscribe to that rag but when they ran the Gore as a vampire cover, we cancelled and never looked back. Seldom do we see bloggers citing that former great magazine now in its dotage.

There was, on the left, the American Prospect. Another change to pay for view. This caused a near riot and furious readers went off and, like the Atlantic Monthly crew, started their own forums.

The NYT tightened the screws on their own forums and with this will be the coup de grace. And frankly, they don't care. They know who we all are and they don't want to interact with any of us, they made this perfectly clear. We are the refusniks of the media kultur kampf.

This blog pokes at the mighty NYT on a near daily basis. But if they hide inside a burkha and show their pathetic attempts at whoring privately then it scarcely matters what they say anymore. Only a limited segment will be reading them, anyway. Movers and shakers will read them, of course. But this isn't us. We are outside the Gates, raising hell. They hope this new Green Zone and some shoot on sight barriers will protect them.

The history of the internet is people trying to make money while trying to expand and attract eyes. This is why this blog is 100% free. We wish very much to attract eyes and engage the mind. The sole purpose of Culture of Life News is to influence people and leave a clear record of events and things that happen. It is a running chronicle of the times.

Eventually, like so many others, the NYT will sail away, silently, into the internet fog. Forelorn and alone, leaving the BBC the victor in this struggle for influence.

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