Wednesday, May 18, 2005

NYTimes asks money for its op-eds

Blogs have proven how cheap punditry is, and how lousy the quality of our old, newspaper punditry was. Most op-ed writers don't know much about their subject, and it's hard to be good week after week. Individual blogs may vary in quality, but on any given day someone will have written something thoughtful on a topic they are expert in, and their efforts will 1) be widely linked to and 2) better than anything ever seen on the pages of a newspaper.

So, just as the quantity and quality of the competition has leaped, the Times increases the price for their product by putting it behind a subscription wall.

I guess they need to do something as their subscription rates keep falling.


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