Not surprisingly, I was not alone in having a reaction to the New York Times paywall details, which were announced Thursday.
Lois Beckett of the Nieman Lab asked what I thought, so I told her (as did several others). Steven Brill says not to call it a wall. David Cohn says it’s more like a ramp (great Star Wars metaphor; I’m jealous that I didn’t think of something so clever).
Read Lois’s piece if you want to know what I think (though longtime readers of my blog know that I think most plans to charge for content are foolhardy).
Other takes on the paywall (I call it a wall; even if you don’t hit it immediately, it will stop most people who hit it) that I recommend:
Cory Doctorow (my favorite of these)
Ken Doctor 2 (Ken calls it a pay fence; he thinks it’s a good idea, but has some tough questions)
Business Insider explains how to read the Times (and the Wall Street Journal) without paying.
I used this clip once before, but it seems especially appropriate now, given the Times’ recent unsuccessful attempt at another paywall: