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January 21, 2010 – Comments (8)

The value of information provided by NYT was measured by a negative number anyway, but now they are trying to monetize it. I don't see how any self-respecting individual can agree to pay for an online newspaper, and will certainly feel few regrets if I'm deprived of the dubious pleasure to read one of the most outspoken propaganda mouthpieces in the newspaper universe. Here's hope that consumers will vote with their feet and get their free information elsewhere.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/21/business/media/21times.html

 

"Taking a step that has tempted and terrified much of the newspaper industry, The New York Times announced on Wednesday that it would charge some frequent readers for access to its Web site — news that drew ample reaction from media analysts and consumers, ranging from enthusiastic to withering.

Taking a step that has tempted and terrified much of the newspaper industry, The New York Times announced on Wednesday that it would charge some frequent readers for access to its Web site — news that drew ample reaction from media analysts and consumers, ranging from enthusiastic to withering. 

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#1) On January 21, 2010 at 12:13 AM, Tastylunch (29.39) wrote:

I think this is the end of the Grey Lady being the world's paper.

Americans will still read, but people in third world countries won't anymore. especially India.

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#2) On January 21, 2010 at 12:14 AM, davejh23 (< 20) wrote:

Most newspapers are going bankrupt or out of business anyways...this should just speed the process along for The New York Times...if they even make it to 2011.

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#3) On January 21, 2010 at 12:23 AM, starbucks4ever (98.67) wrote:

davejh23 ,

NYT the company will never file Ch 7 because the politicians will still want to transmit their propaganda and transmit it under a brand name. Ch 11, on the other hand, is not so unimaginable.   

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#4) On January 21, 2010 at 2:51 AM, ikkyu2 (99.24) wrote:

They tried it before, undid it quickly when they realized their readership for paywalled articles had dropped 99%.

They'll try it again, undo it quickly when they realize their readership for paywall articles has dropped 99%. 

I don't think their business model is viable in the 21st century, no matter what they do.  Happens I like nytimes.com, happens I read it enough that I'm the guy they think is going to pay for it - but they're wrong about that.  I already assume they make money off me by knowing who I am (cookies and Flash cookies) and selling information about what I look at; if they don't, they'd better get on it. 

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#5) On January 21, 2010 at 3:43 AM, cashkid79 (94.62) wrote:

Surprised noone commented on the role Goog will play in any 'pay news' moves, as they've been testing for a while and tossing out bits & pieces about possible collaboration efforts with news sites to enhance their utility through use of different algorithms, advertisement models, pay support services, etc... (just Google 'nyt google pay services', haa)

To think Goog isn't to some degree a "gatekeeper" to ALL news sites is about as foolish as thinking Google (Bing, Yahoo, too...) not smart enough to get a piece of any new profitable online moves in the news industry, in my humble opinion that is...

I particularly like the timing of Googles struggle with China and censorship issues as NYT makes their 'bold' announcement :>

cashkid79   

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#6) On January 21, 2010 at 2:48 PM, turdburglar (40.94) wrote:

My prediction is that NYT will reverse their decision within a year.

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#7) On January 21, 2010 at 3:22 PM, chlyd (< 20) wrote:

http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/603/index.html

 I watched this show this last weekend. I beleive it is right on topic.

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#8) On January 21, 2010 at 10:21 PM, cashkid79 (94.62) wrote:

CHANGE - what a wonderful, magical even  concept !!

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