Monday, September 19, 2011

Padlock Publications?

No sooner did the New York Times erect a paywall around its online content that Lake County's newspaper of record, the Daily Herald, has followed suit. The gray lady of Arlington Heights, in her own words:
The Daily Herald becomes the first newspaper in the Chicago area to begin charging for access to its digital content -- a necessity the company says is mandated by broad shifts in the traditional newspaper business model.
Subscriber Total Access begins
As operatives are well aware, while video killed the radio star, the Internet killed every other media outlet. Your LakeCountyEye, feeling a little like David.v.Goliath, can commiserate and wish the Herald the best of luck.

Few operatives, however, are happy over the Herald's decision -- the Herald perhaps in anticipation wrote an editorial to explain their action:

It's not altogether clear where the notion arose, but there seems to be a deeply held belief among some that "The Internet should be free."
The reality behind Subscriber Total Access
Ha ha, oops, it looks like operatives are going to have to subscribe first if they want to find out why they have to subscribe.

Just for the record, the deeply held belief meme is actually:
Information wants to be free
The MSM can be counted on to look out for the interests of, first and foremost, well, the MSM. So you have your LakeCountyEye's solemn pledge: operatives will never be sandbagged by a paywall erected around this blog. Your LakeCountyEye has been disinforming the public for free since 1993, and will continue to do so as long as there is an Internet.

Erm, since 2008.


Anonymous said...

$19.95 a gotta be kidding me.

District116 said...

As a last gasp the Daily Herald is trying to stay afloat. We have seen Netflix drop over 40% after their decision to increase prices by almost 60%. We don't have a beef with the Herald's decision to charge for what they feel are value-added services. What we have a problem with is that you must 'opt-out' rather than 'opt-in'. This will result in a windfall profit from print subscribers who fail to thoroughly read their upcoming invoices without realizing the reason for the $4/month increase. We wrote about it in several different posts.