Internet -1.0

Morning paper blocking access.We are a two newspaper town but sometimes I think the morning paper acts as if it already owns everything.

For example, the wealthier morning paper has tried to ride the Internet wave by, at first, creating a website that included a pay wall for old articles. However, at some point, management seemed to realize that locking old articles behind a wall that search engines and its customers could not reach would reduce the paper’s utility, authority, and would ultimately lead to less income. So, the wall came tumbling down and all the old articles were opened. However, recently, management has changed things back to its old ways and customers must once again pay for old news (yes, its a contradiction in terms, in more ways than one).

Fortunately, the afternoon paper has not followed this path so expect to see articles from it rather than the morning paper linked to here.



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