New York Times Go Subscription

By Deane Barker on September 13, 2005

NY Times writes its own obituary: Bummer.

The notice was on the front page of The New York Times, announcing the paper’s imminent ritual act of suicide. Most of the most-interesting parts of the Times will now be closed off from the general internet. Instead of letting everyone see the best of the paper, the paper’s owners have concluded they will live in a gated community by restricting its goodies to a tiny fraction of its readers.

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Comments

  1. The more I read, the more I am convinced that the NYT is in the throes of genetic failure. Reportedly, Little Sultzberger makes bad decisions and then defends his decisions to the bitter end, regardless of how misguided they were. Cf. Jason Blair, Howell Raines.

    I predict that everyone will join you as seeing this as a terrible idea, but that the NYT won’t realize it for many months.

  2. I predict that everyone will join you as seeing this as a terrible idea, but that the NYT won’t realize it for many months.

    Too true. And when the revenue from this new “venture” doesn’t meet expectations (because their online readership falls off) they’ll do the natural thing; jack up the prices.

  3. Yeah,

    Awful stuff, surely a liberal media bastion such as the Times would smell the republican fat-cat big business smell coming from this move. Nothing says first amendment free speech like “restricted access.”

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