Not much to say today, except that I have long struggled about dealing with paywalls for media. My gut feeling has been to not pay for online news. The whole issue about value and cost on the Internet is complicated. Part of the problem for me is about starting conditions–content was free and my demand was shaped by that. Once they figured out that the Internet was about eyeballs, they ladled out free content. I understand that content providers may now feel that decision was mistaken, but it’s the bed they made.
As with most things in life, moves by content providers, especially news media, to start pricing will meet with several responses, including resistance, which may be greater than acceptance. Also, the nature of the Internet, which has an implicit social justice underpinning, means that some will create ways to bypass pricing portals. So, it is with paywalls.
Various ways have been developed to do bypass, the simplest of which is to load the URL of the page desired into an incognito browser.
Incognito is one of the measures the Internet now offers to protect users from being identified, along with software like virtual personal networks (VPNs).
Now, not all media content may be accessible this way, but having spent a year and more frustrated about stories I cannot read on the Washington Post and Financial Times sites, I shall see how this little ruse works.