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2013-07-29 11:09:47 AM  
4 votes:
Case in point: Last month, the Washington Post implemented what Washington Post media CEO Katharine Bouchage Weymouth called a"metered subscription model,"  which leaves only two of the country's five largest newspapers - the Los Angeles Times and USA Today - free to online readers.

Because when I want to know what the next hot internet trend is I look to newspapers.
2013-07-29 03:20:37 PM  
1 vote:
While not everyone believes that the future of information on the Internet is behind paywalls, writers such as Buzzfeed's Charlie Warzel think the time has come to eulogize the free-roam Internet of yesteryear.

Warzel: 12 reasons it's time to eulogize the free-roam Internet of yesteryear.
2013-07-29 01:55:58 PM  
1 vote:

kidsizedcoffin: That's odd, I haven't had free internet since the days of dial up and gopher.

Didn't you know? The internet is content, not transmission method.
2013-07-29 01:54:24 PM  
1 vote:
Bah!  Back in the good old days we didn't have these new-fangled ipods and Napsters.  That was the *real* Internet, with UUENCODE on USENET and waiting for days until your text only wooden IBM-AT computer "booted" with a 5-1/2" floppy disk, then sent a telegraph message requesting your ASCII porn, if you remembered to peddle your bamboo bicycle fast enough, and Ginger had typed out her selfie, for the Professor to key code.
2013-07-29 01:23:54 PM  
1 vote:
Yes, surely in this era where free to play games are becoming even more popular and every network is releasing their own streaming content site, the exact opposite is going to happen very soon!
2013-07-29 01:08:40 PM  
1 vote:

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2013-07-29 01:04:23 PM  
1 vote:
In other news, big media outlets about to irrelevant themselves.

/Yeah, that's right, I verbed a motherfarking adjective. Sue me.
2013-07-29 12:58:36 PM  
1 vote:

Blowmonkey: This is never going to work the way they think it will.  They will have to create content worth paying for first.  There are a million different places to get news from and even more work arounds to get past paywalls.

I agree the forced video ads suck.  Most of the time I just close them out of feeble protest.  If I really want to watch the video, I just shut the volume off on the ad and switch to another tab until it's done.

Just wait till they implement a script that can tell if you are watching said tab or not, then pauses the ad video if you are not watching it.
2013-07-29 12:17:34 PM  
1 vote:

TheGreatGazoo: Infernalist: lol yeah, paywalls are the future!  lol

Keep telling yourself that, corporate whores.

It's my fondest hope that when the capitalist rulers of this country realize there's no more money to be made in newspapers, in print or online, that they'll abandon the industry entirely and we can get back to having real journalism that has no concern for profit.

When was that?

About the time that the media helped bring about the end of the Vietnam War with the never-ending shots of dead Americans coming home.
2013-07-29 12:13:48 PM  
1 vote:
Yes because in no way would anyone ever pay for one time to access that content and then willingly aggregate it and share it amongst everyone else.

Dear god man, no one does that on the internet.
2013-07-29 12:10:12 PM  
1 vote:

Three Crooked Squirrels: I tend to think this can only accelerate the dumbing down of America.

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2013-07-29 12:07:52 PM  
1 vote:
Hey, anyone remember the halcyon days when the Internet wasn't choked with popups, flashing sidebar advertisements, autoplay video advertisements, and "featured content?"

Man, I miss those days.
2013-07-29 11:55:08 AM  
1 vote:
This is not a repeat from every year since pay walls were invented.
2013-07-29 10:31:05 AM  
1 vote:
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