Tuesday, January 24, 2006

This Is Stupid

For those of you who don't know, the New York Times is trying to squeeze every last drop from these here internets by requiring a subscription few for "premium content" (sports, news, op-eds). Leaving aside the question that "the New York Times does sports?" and why someone would need to pay for this info since every other daily paper in creation is free on the web, the results have been underwhelming, so they've started a blog to discuss what to change about the service...and put it behind the subscription firewall. Apparently, the business manager went to B-school with the record exec who greenlighted CD's that don't work in CD players. My gramma, whose VCR is blinking 12:00 as we speak, could do a better job taking advantage of the digital medium.

(H/T: Andrew Sullivan)

1 comment:

Slat Rat said...

I have a free on-line subscription to the NY Times and it has not been cut back. At least as far as I'm aware.

And BTW, the NY Times sports section is really superb. Very good writing.

Oh - and this is probably at least the Times' 3rd go around in the past three years on trying to figure out how to handle their on-line content. The previous issue - about a year and half ago was that after about a week, much of their content moved into paid archives - which made it impossible bloggers to link to their articles. Talk about self defeating. After a great blogosphere hullabaloo, they created special RSS links that do not expire.

The NY Times is not the swiftest at this.