[LINK] Shirky: Murdoch's Times paywall is pretty much like all the other paywalls

Birch, Jim Jim.Birch at dhhs.tas.gov.au
Thu Nov 11 09:29:23 AEDT 2010

David Goldstein wrote:

>The AFR's sales have been on a downwards spiral in recent years and
could it be 
a case of out of sight out of mind when newspapers are completely behind

OTOH the AFR probably has a reasonable chance of making it as an online
subscription service.  The subscription includes a 25 years archive of
business and finance stories so is quite a valuable resource for some
people.  Unlike your average daily: 25 years of trash.

It's ironic that Murdoch's great "insight" that newspapers are
"entertainment, not news" will be his undoing.  After converting them
from actual news-papers to entertainment sheets they're having to
compete more entertaining things on the internet and so now he he's
having to sell subscriptions to news nuts.

-- Jim


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