Monday, September 19, 2005
The curtain has fallen: The New York Times today rolled out its "TimesSelect" service putting its columnists behind screen that only those who are willing to pay $49.95 a year get to access. Paul Krugman, Maureen Dowd and Frank Rich just aren't worth it to me. The access that the service provides to their archive might be worth the moola, but I'm a little cash poor right now.
Having said that, if someone is interested in sponsoring a subscription for me, then I'll certainly buy it and share Krugman's foibles with the rest of you when he writes something particularly stupid or egregious. You can use the Amazon or PayPal buttons in the left sidebar.
I'm not quite sure yet what will become of the Krugman banner. It's been updated for Monday's column, since I can see from the one sentence summary that it's still not a plan for Social Security. Of course, if you're really interested in what Krugman is writing, you can look here -- at least until the Times lawyers shutdown "Bobby's" years-old copyright violation.
Is there anyone who can think of a plausible explanation why "Bobby" wasn't shut down years ago? Before today, he was merely cheating the Times out of a buck or two from its archive service. Today, he's republishing for free something the Times is actively charging people for. I'll start some conspiracy theories if "Bobby" is still doing his thing three months from now.