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10. Not obviously.
Mon Apr 15, 2024, 12:53 PM
Apr 15

The demise of the newspaper business was an outcome of larger news corporations buying up ad markets. Digital paywalls weren't even a thing in the 80's and 90's, when most folks were not yet on the nets, obviously because Web 2.0 didn't exist until 1999.

Since you disagree with Stengel and I agree, in an unprecedented presidential election year, I'll duly note your objections.

Thanks for the link. Here's another to consider.

A printed paper's ease of access meant that more individuals could read a single copy, and that everyone who read the paper had the ability to send a letter to the editor without the hassle of registering or paying for the subscription. As such, the use of a paywall closes off the communication in both the personal realm and online. This opinion is not just held by online news readers, but also by opinion writers. Jimmy Wales comments that he "would rather write [an opinion piece] where it is going to be read", declaring that "putting opinion pieces behind paywalls [makes] no sense."

In the U.S., it has been observed that the use of paywalls by high-quality publications has enhanced the reach of non-paywalled online outlets that promote right-wing perspectives, conspiracy theories, and fake news.[58][59][60]

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