Crux of Newspapers, Paywalls, and Core Users by Clay Shirky:

  • Online editions of
    newspapers unsuccessfully tried different pricing models, the latest is to charge only readers that access more than 20 articles a month. In this they choose to “forgo mass in favor of passion”.
  • “Form follows funding”: the people who are willing to pay for content will determine the future form of newspapers.
  • People who pay for papers seem to be of the “God forbid” kind: they pay because “God forbid the paper will not exist”. In this they at similar to people who contribute to NPR – politically conscious citizens.