You may have noticed that the Wall Street Journal website is
free right now not free anymore. Rupert Murdoch wants to switch from a subscription-based site to an advertising-based model, and I am totally for it! It was always a pain to have articles publicly available for a limited only, or never at all. So visit WSJ.com today, drive up their visitor count during this little experiment, and help make it free forever
In related news, the New York Times is also going completely free, getting rid of the paid portion of its site called TimesSelect. You could still get it free with an .edu address so I was subscribed to it, but it’s nice that know that now I can still get it once my school e-mail dies off. In addition, the newspaper is also giving free access to all its old articles from 1987 to present. Nice!
Some people are skeptical that the shift away from paid content is a good idea, but I think it was inevitable due to competition. I mean, I wouldn’t have visited or linked to either the LA Times or Chicago Tribune just now if they weren’t free.