In his recent Ebyline Blog post, Peter Beller looks at the growing trend of newspapers erecting content paywalls – which newspapers are participating and why.
I’m not a fan of paywalls – the online revenue strategy gives readers another reason to abandon newspapers. Posting to the blog, Carroll Corcoran offers an eloquent argument against paywalls:
Consumer outrage at being told to pay for what was heavily promoted as free is a force to be reckoned with these days. Look how fast the banks backpeddled on the debit card charge idea. Look at the Occupy movement… even if you think it’s stupid, it’s a symbol of what consumers think and do when confronted with a demand by a large corporation to pay up. And why would media companies be treated any differently.