Commentary — The New York Times released an interesting inside view of how newspapers are cannibalizing themselves by offering free content.
Curiously, one point that isn’t mentioned at all in the NYT article is the advent of free paper newspapers. Perhaps newspapers should consider putting some depth and perspective in their articles, so as to make them more interesting than Reuters and AP feeds.
In the meanwhile, Bill Keller’s [the executive editor of The New York Times] remark on relying on advertising as the sole revenue stream caught my attention:
“My main concern is that, however we distribute our work, we have to generate the money to pay for it. The advertising model looks appealing now, but do we want our future to depend on that single source of revenue? What happens if advertising goes flat? What happens when somebody develops software to filter out advertising
– TiVo for the Web?”
Incidentally, a such a software already exists…
- Download the latest version of Firefox
- In Tools > Extensions, click “Get More Extensions” and install:
One missing feature is a text ad blocker. It is not very difficult to build, though: All you need to do is to filter the web page’s anchors with a regular expression filter (like the one in Adblock), and set the css display to ‘none’ whenever a match comes up.