Safe from dissent
Posted by aogWednesday, 20 January 2010 at 16:56 TrackBack Ping URL

So I hear that the New York Times may start charging readers (via Just One Minute comment). The standard objection is that when the NY Times tried doing that with their “premium” columnists, people just stopped reading. But what if that’s the plan? Perhaps the NY Times sees its biggest problem as the erosion of its brand name as the pajama clad radicals repeatedly link to its egregious failures. But what if they couldn’t do that because the targets were behind a subscription wall populated primarily by fellow travelers? The newspaper is already mostly a comfort read, a means for people to justify their pre-existing viewpoints, not a source of actual news. So why not embrace that?

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cjm Thursday, 21 January 2010 at 19:02

ny times == null expression

AVeryRoughRoadAhead Wednesday, 17 February 2010 at 12:32

Replacing Old Media isn’t simple or easy: “Tina Brown admits that even with 2.1 million unique visitors a month [as of June 2009], her news site The Daily Beast is still losing money” reports Variety magazine.

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