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(Slate)   Here is a list of some of the best New Yorker articles that you have three months to read before they go behind the paywall   (slate.com) divider line 29
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2014-07-25 01:53:08 PM
This list is woefully lacking in the the New Yorker's old-school classic humorists: Thurber, White, and Parker are the first that come to mind.
 
2014-07-25 05:51:35 PM

brap: This list is woefully lacking in the the New Yorker's old-school classic humorists: Thurber, White, and Parker are the first that come to mind.


Article says only things from 2007are free. Although you could always pay for access to the older stuff, I suppose.

Meanwhile, it ain't Thurber, but: A guy walks into a bar, and...
 
2014-07-25 06:24:43 PM

Candygram4Mongo: Article says only things from 2007are free. Although you could always pay for access to the older stuff, I suppose.

Meanwhile, it ain't Thurber, but: A guy walks into a bar, and...


I CAN'T READ!  I did enjoy that bit though, well the parts I could make out.
 
2014-07-25 10:12:33 PM
"Metered paywall".  LOL!  Internet people aren't known for paying for stuff they can get for free elsewhere.
 
2014-07-25 10:14:27 PM

brap: This list is woefully lacking in the the New Yorker's old-school classic humorists: Thurber, White, and Parker are the first that come to mind.


A story about content being put behind a paywall, and as soon as I go to the story, I'm hit with a full screen pop-up about subscribing to Slate Premium. Lame.
 
2014-07-25 10:17:47 PM

brap: This list is woefully lacking in the the New Yorker's old-school classic humorists: Thurber, White, and Parker are the first that come to mind.


Of course, they're all dead and all.  But, besides that I see your point.
 
2014-07-25 10:20:27 PM
Do these paywall things really work? If my local rag did it (and they tried) I would not read them. If I want to pay for a rag I'll do it on paper.

I wonder how much the advertising revenue will drop shortly after this happens.

I love the "you have used 1 of your 6 free views this month." Uh, I probably won't use the other five unless fark links them.
 
2014-07-25 10:31:10 PM
See a page with a Paywall?

-- Copy first sentence or headline in article.

-- Launch Chrome

-- Paste sentence into URL field, click on first Google search link that pops up

- HA HA! F*CK YOU, PAYWALL!!

bangtees.com
 
2014-07-25 10:36:35 PM

saturn badger: Do these paywall things really work? If my local rag did it (and they tried) I would not read them. If I want to pay for a rag I'll do it on paper.


They don't work for me, I don't mess with sites that have paywalls either. Too much free information out there to mess with paying for it, and yeah I know there's lots of companies who will ask how we expect them to stay in business, but the world is changing and so is the way news is handled.

I've lost respect for pretty much all mainstream news organizations, so yeah, no loss if they go away.
 
2014-07-25 10:43:38 PM
Solid. thanks for greenlighting this. srsly.
 
2014-07-25 10:50:54 PM

strangeluck: saturn badger: Do these paywall things really work? If my local rag did it (and they tried) I would not read them. If I want to pay for a rag I'll do it on paper.

They don't work for me, I don't mess with sites that have paywalls either. Too much free information out there to mess with paying for it, and yeah I know there's lots of companies who will ask how we expect them to stay in business, but the world is changing and so is the way news is handled.

I've lost respect for pretty much all mainstream news organizations, so yeah, no loss if they go away.


I won't argue that point. The subs here that require a log on get a pass from me. I know I can fake it but why bother? It is against the fark rules but it still happens. And then when there is a full story link and the sub makes us go through three pages with the link right there... come on! If it has a print version submit that one.

They probably don't like me anyway. I have all the ad block stuff and am amazed when I visit a friend and see all of them. Even of my ad block stuff doesn't stop an animated ad I manually block it. I don't like moving ads.  If I do see an ad (and I do) and I want more info I go directly to the site.

And you are right. Mainstream news is one of the worst. Inaccurate because they want to be the first and get it wrong plus the typos and grammar.

They can try anything they want to stay in business. More power to them. Many people see the ads but how many click on them? I doubt many here do.
 
2014-07-25 10:53:08 PM
TV's Vinnie

My local paper just started a paywall today. Your tip works great, thanks!!
 
2014-07-25 11:49:52 PM
Well bye.jpg
 
2014-07-26 12:13:03 AM
Funny, none of those sounded worth clicking on any way.
 
2014-07-26 12:21:28 AM
Like the city itself couldn't care less.
 
2014-07-26 12:24:50 AM
effect on my life?

/zero
 
2014-07-26 01:00:06 AM

saturn badger: Do these paywall things really work? If my local rag did it (and they tried) I would not read them. If I want to pay for a rag I'll do it on paper.

I wonder how much the advertising revenue will drop shortly after this happens.

I love the "you have used 1 of your 6 free views this month." Uh, I probably won't use the other five unless fark links them.


The L.A. Times paywall is ludicrously easy to get around. Delete your cookies and browser history and your "limited free access" count resets to zero. I've heard that other newspaper's paywalls are the same way. I still get a laugh, though, whenever I click on a Fark link to some East Bumfark newspaper with some popup screen that tells me I only have "5 free views remaining" like I should care.
 
2014-07-26 01:28:51 AM
I wish slate would go behind a paywall so it will never be linked again
 
2014-07-26 03:58:32 AM
The WebNets had killed old media, the way old media killed tree, and dinosaurs.
 
2014-07-26 05:09:45 AM
The Dr. Don article is worth reading. Just sayin'

/Colorado native, now I have to go back to Nucla for a visit.
 
2014-07-26 07:32:46 AM

saturn badger: Do these paywall things really work? If my local rag did it (and they tried) I would not read them. If I want to pay for a rag I'll do it on paper.

I wonder how much the advertising revenue will drop shortly after this happens.

I love the "you have used 1 of your 6 free views this month." Uh, I probably won't use the other five unless fark links them.


From a technical standpoint, they're a joke. I use chrome with ghostery,adblock,WOT, and DoNotTrackMe. Plus, I run ccleaner everyday. That pretty much takes care of most paywalls.
 
2014-07-26 08:53:59 AM

saturn badger: Do these paywall things really work? If my local rag did it (and they tried) I would not read them. If I want to pay for a rag I'll do it on paper.


there are two results: 1) they abandon them because they're a disaster, telling people how bad it was 2) they keep them but are very cagey about the results.

There's very little content anywhere in any newspaper or publication is good enough that people will pay for it any longer. Most of it is just boredom killing. You've got out of bed and are half-awake or you're riding a train or something. If you can't read a feminist discussion of Beyonce's latest behaviour, you'll just find something else from one of the tens of thousands of other sources to read. Anyone can write a blog or film something on their iPhone now which means newspapers with fancy offices are competing for eyeballs with everyone with an iPhone or a PC. If I saw say, a building burning down near me, I'd go out and film and photograph it, stick it on YouTube and collect the ad revenue. Why would I go giving it to a newspaper? What are they going to add to it? They'd just be parasites taking a huge cut instead of letting me have all the money.
 
2014-07-26 09:52:56 AM
Damn this one was a painful read.  I read the whole article and was stunned constantly by the WTF!!!!

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2009/09/07/trial-by-fire?currentPa ge =all
 
2014-07-26 10:22:06 AM

farkeruk: saturn badger: Do these paywall things really work? If my local rag did it (and they tried) I would not read them. If I want to pay for a rag I'll do it on paper.

there are two results: 1) they abandon them because they're a disaster, telling people how bad it was 2) they keep them but are very cagey about the results.

There's very little content anywhere in any newspaper or publication is good enough that people will pay for it any longer. Most of it is just boredom killing. You've got out of bed and are half-awake or you're riding a train or something. If you can't read a feminist discussion of Beyonce's latest behaviour, you'll just find something else from one of the tens of thousands of other sources to read. Anyone can write a blog or film something on their iPhone now which means newspapers with fancy offices are competing for eyeballs with everyone with an iPhone or a PC. If I saw say, a building burning down near me, I'd go out and film and photograph it, stick it on YouTube and collect the ad revenue. Why would I go giving it to a newspaper? What are they going to add to it? They'd just be parasites taking a huge cut instead of letting me have all the money.


That article about the lady whose scalp itched so much she infected her brain might be worth a buck or two. Also explains how people solve phantom limb pain with fun house mirrors...
 
2014-07-26 04:18:37 PM

Danger Avoid Death: saturn badger: Do these paywall things really work? If my local rag did it (and they tried) I would not read them. If I want to pay for a rag I'll do it on paper.

I wonder how much the advertising revenue will drop shortly after this happens.

I love the "you have used 1 of your 6 free views this month." Uh, I probably won't use the other five unless fark links them.

The L.A. Times paywall is ludicrously easy to get around. Delete your cookies and browser history and your "limited free access" count resets to zero. I've heard that other newspaper's paywalls are the same way. I still get a laugh, though, whenever I click on a Fark link to some East Bumfark newspaper with some popup screen that tells me I only have "5 free views remaining" like I should care.


I don't like to delete all my cookies in my main browser as some are useful. I hear private window viewing is kind of the same thing. If I have to I go to a secondary browser that doesn't care. It accepts them and I kill them.

I do like the UK sites. In order to do whatever you must accept cookies. Yeah, whatever. I never do and it works fine.
 
2014-07-26 04:25:07 PM

farkeruk: saturn badger: Do these paywall things really work? If my local rag did it (and they tried) I would not read them. If I want to pay for a rag I'll do it on paper.

there are two results: 1) they abandon them because they're a disaster, telling people how bad it was 2) they keep them but are very cagey about the results.

There's very little content anywhere in any newspaper or publication is good enough that people will pay for it any longer. Most of it is just boredom killing. You've got out of bed and are half-awake or you're riding a train or something. If you can't read a feminist discussion of Beyonce's latest behaviour, you'll just find something else from one of the tens of thousands of other sources to read. Anyone can write a blog or film something on their iPhone now which means newspapers with fancy offices are competing for eyeballs with everyone with an iPhone or a PC. If I saw say, a building burning down near me, I'd go out and film and photograph it, stick it on YouTube and collect the ad revenue. Why would I go giving it to a newspaper? What are they going to add to it? They'd just be parasites taking a huge cut instead of letting me have all the money.


So true. It is getting to the point where every site posts a story that was originated from another site that posted from yet another site and so on. I come here and hit the link to a story that is not really the original and move on to other sites I read for news and they have the same story that is summarized and sometimes linked back to the original but now we have a conundrum.

Who really posted the original story? With all the repeaters and bloggers you never really know.
 
2014-07-26 04:42:29 PM

Basily Gourt: saturn badger: Do these paywall things really work? If my local rag did it (and they tried) I would not read them. If I want to pay for a rag I'll do it on paper.

I wonder how much the advertising revenue will drop shortly after this happens.

I love the "you have used 1 of your 6 free views this month." Uh, I probably won't use the other five unless fark links them.

From a technical standpoint, they're a joke. I use chrome with ghostery,adblock,WOT, and DoNotTrackMe. Plus, I run ccleaner everyday. That pretty much takes care of most paywalls.


My local rag tried this shiat. You would go to the story and it would allow you to read it if you joined some stupid site for 99 cents a month.  Something like that.

I contacted the web dude and we had a bit of a discussion about why this was happening. I told him if I had to pay for the local stories I would move on and find the content elsewhere. He seemed to be unaware I could do this. Uh....

I used to work for them. Back in the day I was working on bringing them onto the web and advising what I thought would work and what wouldn't. They didn't listen to me. They didn't realize social media would work and grow. They do FB and think that is great. I don't post there. I guess if I had an anon FB account I might. Before they did this I used to read the story comments. It was kinda fun reading how this area is kinda right wing but the best was the grammar and incoherency. I do miss that.

I'm glad I left. If I stayed I would have been history. Tech guy. I have been at my current position for 16+ years. With a pension and medical in a few years.

I don't want to see them go but get with the program.
 
2014-07-26 10:00:41 PM

farkeruk: saturn badger: Do these paywall things really work? If my local rag did it (and they tried) I would not read them. If I want to pay for a rag I'll do it on paper.

there are two results: 1) they abandon them because they're a disaster, telling people how bad it was 2) they keep them but are very cagey about the results.

There's very little content anywhere in any newspaper or publication is good enough that people will pay for it any longer.


I tend to agree, but The New Yorker would be an exception.  Some of the finest English-language writing on the planet.
 
2014-07-26 10:51:10 PM
PunGent: I tend to agree, but The New Yorker would be an exception.  Some of the finest English-language writing on the planet.

Next might be Playboy. Haven't picked up one in years though.
I remember a great story about Ronald Reagan and him farking up the hostage talks to help make Carter lose the election.
And another with an interview of John Denver. Yeah, that was good reading.
 
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