I just was referred to a site by Josh. Three popups in three seconds, one asking for a contribution of a buck a day. And Firefox has the nerve to brag about how it ‘blocked’ a few more! ha
Besides the irony that the Spectator has more ads than a mail flyer; the article was simply an ad to sell a book!
There are so many tricks at work that I really did not see three years ago.
I will tab youtube in order to play a series of songs. If you leave the tab open for too long following a song, and audio ad starts—which drives me nuts!
But youtube is not the only site that does this. Several sites will begin audio trashing my pc.
Now sites have to make money. There are folks who do actual research; interviewing folks, reading original documents….all the things that ‘journalists’ are supposed to do.
Lady Huff herself did a satire on how she was going to charge the reader by the word but giving vistors fifteen free words a month!
Of course Lady Huff is getting sued following her 300 mill sell out by ‘contributors’ of different levels of contributions because they never get paid.
And 80% (?) of everything at Huffpo is simply short paragraphs describing news (?) from other sources. I think one of the jokes at that Press Dinner noted that everyone was invited to a Huffpo party that evening. Of course you had to bring your own food and drink!
I get it.
It is just that sitting here in my small apartment with my portable, the web is expensive enough but I could be out of pocket hundreds of dollars every month visiting the simplest of site.
NYT lets me read three articles for free a month and wants me to pay them thirty bucks a month if I want more. I might sign up in mid July just to try it out.
The Washington Post was doing that three years ago; but who the hell wants to read the Post any longer since that fascist purchased it along with the WSJ.
They all want my money; something I have very little of.
If I paid Time, Newsweek, the NYT, Mediamatters, The Nation, and scores of other sites, I really think I would be in hock for four or five hundred bucks a month.
And yet, how else do these professional writers get paid?
I used to go to the library once a week to read a real Sunday NYT; it really is a wondrous experience. It weighs five pounds and you need a table to yourself so that you can separate all the wonderful sections. It truly is a work of art especially noting the weekly mag stuffed inside.
I used to purchase four or five newspapers a day, besides receiving the local papers at home.
I don’t even wish to get into the issues of proprietary interest; which in itself has become a real can of worms.
This is just a thought going nowhere, as usual.
I just have seen a trend over the last three years.
Remember, we are shut off from much info on the web.
Google has embarked on quite a laborious gift over the past few words to open up a library of sorts for books written more than 80 years ago. And Google has gotten into trouble over its noble efforts.
Not everyone is happy about this effort to spread so much info to the masses. http://www.betanews.com/article/Google-Book-Effort-Draws-French-Ire/1109036269
Over the next year or so Google will be involved in scanning millions of more pages of books tomes.
The time period for these books is listed as 1700-1870.
Of course Google also sells books that are not out of print. http://books.google.com/ebooks &
I find old books all the time on the Web.
If you want a Bible (even that cat bible) or The Republic or any Greek Tragedy or Comedy; they are their for the asking. And the reading is free!
So all is not lost!
I just know that more and more sites are going to be asking for or demanding subscriptions from their readers.
And good writers should be paid for their labor!