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TimesSelect Bites the Dust

It was a ridiculously stupid move, locking their columnists away behind a subscription wall, but hey, it’s the Old Gray Lady; ridiculous shit seems to be coded into their DNA these days. The Wall Street Journal’s model made more sense: lock away most of your stuff but leave enough stuff available for free to make you willing to pay for the whole shebang (Which I do, but I’ve had a subscription for the print edition for years and years, so the online stuff didn’t cost me anything extra).

Still, it’s nice to know that, once again, Krugman, Collins, and especially that deliriously dingbatty diva, MoDo, along with the rest of their OpEd cohort, will be available for righteous fisking and bitch slapping when one of their incoherent screeds gets tossed across the digital transom.
Times to End Charges on Web Site

The New York Times will stop charging for access to parts of its Web site, effective at midnight Tuesday night, reflecting a growing view in the industry that subscription fees cannot outweigh the potential ad revenue from increased traffic on a free site.

The move comes two years to the day after The Times began the subscription program, TimesSelect, which has charged $49.95 a year, or $7.95 a month, for online access to its columnists’ work and to the newspaper’s archives. TimesSelect has been free to print subscribers to The Times, and to some students and educators.

Now, I wonder how many morons are gonna throw a temper tantrum–like all those schmucks who lined up at all the Apple stores because they absolutely HAD to get their hands on the Jesus Phone–and demand that the Times give them some sort of rebate, since forking over that fee no longer gives them that “I’m elite” level of smugginess having access to stuff denied to the lowly proles provided? Seriously, if you learned that you were a lab rat who paid cold cash to be part of an asinine marketing experiment, wouldn’t you be pissed to High Heaven right about now?

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