Washington (AFP) - Paywalls were supposed to help rescue newspapers from the crisis of sinking print circulation as readers shifted to getting their news online.If it's not clear to anyone by now that John Henry bought the Globe as a pure real estate play, and not as some noble effort at saving a partisan rag in order to churn out more leftist propaganda, then you have your head up your ass.
But with a few exceptions, they have failed to deliver much relief, prompting some news organizations to rethink their digital strategies.
Newspapers in the English-speaking world ended paywalls some 69 times through May 2015, including 41 temporary and 28 permanent drops, according to a study by University of Southern California researchers.
Paywalls "generate only a small fraction of industry revenue," with estimates ranging from one percent in the United States to 10 percent internationally, the study in July's International Journal of Communication said.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
And Now For More Boston Globe Bashing - XLI
Maybe the idiots at the Boston Globe need to rethink a few things about their current paywall policy (which is easily defeated by deleting your browser cookies):