The problem with pay walls

This morning I tried to follow a link to an article in The Times on the death of Christopher Hitchens. I was greeted with the following screen.

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How ironic that they should offer the content on my terms when it is clearly being offered on their terms. I didn’t take up their offer as I have little or no interest in reading The Times other than when someone whose judgment and intelligence I trust points to their content. I am not unwilling to pay for stuff but “on my terms”. Their paywall, as currently conceived, makes this impossible.

One thought on “The problem with pay walls

  1. I used to read the odd Times story online and now I don't. Surprised they didn't take the approach "register free and get 5 stories a week without paying" (or similar). That would have worked for me, and I don't see why it could not have worked for them – heavy users (happily!) pay, casual users served (and hopefully drawn in so they become heavy users), search bots could be blocked.So for now I don't read Times and this will not change until a) all newspapers erect a paywall and I'll have to reconsider, or b) News Int backtracks


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