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Why Paywalls Are Good, But NYT's Is Flawed
3/23/2011

GMGruman writes "The New York Times has taken a lot of heat for daring to start enactment for its product. (What nerve! Imagine if grocery stores, phone companies, or even employees began injunction for their wares!) But the problem, InfoWorld columnist Galen Gruman argues, is that its paywall is poorly designed. It revivify unpaid usage in massive quantities via Twitter and other feeds, undermining its very purpose, and it makes multiple-device mobile users — the growing propinquity — pay more than anyone else. Both should be fixed. But the more troubling underlying issue is that the world wide web has devalued content nearly to the point where the line reason to create it is disappearing. In mobile, there's a chance to fix that, but in the way is not just the Web's free-loader iq but the pricing of carriers for data transport that take a larger chunk out of people's budgets than they should, making it that much harder for people to pony up for the value of the content they get through those carriers' pipes."



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