This is the second blog of ARTS2090 public and publishing.
I would like to talk about ‘Paywall’. A paywall, refers to Wikipedia, block access to a webpage with a screen requiring payment. Newspaper and magazine website usually install ‘paywall’ to shield their content over the ‘free’ internet content.
The Guardian oppose the idea of paywall, critize this would isolate from public free information flow.
At 28th March, New York Times erected their paywall. People start to discuss how to jump over the wall.
In interent, there is not a definite boundary. Is reading the articles withiout paying illegal? In real life, you can reading the paper at news agency for free, but you must pay for it in order to bring the paper out the store.
In music industry, Steve Jobs created iTunes for the reason that ‘consumers don’t want to be treated like criminals and artists don’t want their valuable work stolen.The iTunes Music Store offers a groundbreaking solution for both.’
New York Times is not the first news agency to set up paywall. However it created such a storm about it. What it really want to do is not increase revenue. Instead is to set up the new order of internet: content should be paid as in the real world.