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Another thing the NYT could — and should — be thinking about is what the role of an information provider is in the digital age. Is it to act as a gatekeeper for certain kinds of data and try to reimpose the scarcity that used to exist in the print era? Or is it to find partners to distribute that information in as many ways as possible, and to think of the paper as a data platform, as The Guardian has with its open-platform project? One way looks to the past, and the other to the future. Which way will the NYT go?

The NYT needs a lot more than just a paywall — Tech News and Analysis

Good analysis, and strong points.  My view: it’s not the PAY it’s the WALL that’s the problem

May 11th, 2012
Reblogged from the understatement
August 19th, 2011

Neil Perkin: Porous Paywalls

This piece by Felix Salmon is the smartest post on paywalls I’ve read in a long time. In it, he talks about how the porousness of the NY Times paywall is a feature, not a bug:

"It allows anybody, anywhere, to read any NYT article they like. That makes the NYT open and inviting — and means that I continue to be very happy to link to NYT stories.”

The NYT paywall of-course, does not attempt to be an impermeable barrier in the way those of the WSJ or the Times of London do. People who don’t subscribe can still read a certain number of articles before the wall comes up. If you arrive via a link shared on Facebook, Twitter or a blog you won’t hit a paywall. And as many quickly worked out, there seems to be plenty of none-too-complex ways to work around it.

Salmon compares it to a polite “Keep Off The Grass’ notice, rather than a tall fence with razor wire on the top. It is, as Dan Gillmor puts it, more of a ‘suggestion wall’ than a paywall. Yet the early signs indicate that it appears to be working.

So in this, and in many other ways (as is so often the case with … read on.