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Great discussion of the current state of play. The Irish Times used to have a paywall but gave it up when it's market share (and advertising base) nosedived.  I expect the same to happen in Murdockville and am surprised he's even trying.  Surely they did their market research beforehand?  Perhaps their marketing agency was hoping to get the e-marketing contract as well!

In a Democracy, the state has a duty to inform its citizens, and cannot altogether delegate that responsibility to commercial entities.  And as Chris Cook never tires of pointing out, the internet is "disintermediating" the world - cutting out the middle men of news organisations, bankers, and professional journalists.  It's all about citizens not consumers now, and that has got to be a positive development...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Jul 3rd, 2010 at 12:51:32 PM EST
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