Even when someone links to it, as I just tested in my blog space??!! Are they trying to become irrelevant? "Democracy Dies In Darkness", indeed! And both the NY and LA Times have the ten free articles a month (Let's see. How late in the month is it? Do I really want to click this?) Closer to home, SFGate is free, but they have a nasty habit of throwing in articles from the paywalled sfchronicle.com without even putting a damn dollar sign or lock or something in front of it!
Post by El Supremo on Jun 15, 2017 16:12:29 GMT -5
I get a free online subscription to the Washington Post through the Denver Post. But I hardly ever use it.
You may be able to get the same thing through these other MediaNews Group papers:
Alameda Times-Star of Alameda, California The Argus of Fremont, California Chico Enterprise Record of Chico, California Contra Costa Times of Walnut Creek, California Times-Standard of Eureka, California Ft. Bragg Advocate-News of Fort Bragg, California Daily Review of Hayward, California Lake County Record Bee of Lakeport, California Long Beach Press-Telegram of Long Beach, California Milpitas Post of Milpitas, California Monterey County Herald of Monterey, California The Oakland Tribune of Oakland, California Inland Valley Daily Bulletin of Rancho Cucamonga, California Oroville Mercury Register of Oroville, California Pacifica Tribune of Pacifica, California The Daily News of Palo Alto, California Paradise Post of Paradise, California Pasadena Star-News of Pasadena, California Tri-Valley Herald of Pleasanton, California Red Bluff Daily News of Red Bluff, California Redlands Daily Facts of Redlands, California The Sun of San Bernardino, California San Jose Mercury News of San Jose, California San Mateo County Times of San Mateo, California Marin Independent Journal of San Rafael, California Santa Cruz Sentinel of Santa Cruz, California The Daily Breeze of Torrance, California Ukiah Daily Journal of Ukiah, California The Reporter of Vacaville, California Times-Herald of Vallejo, California San Gabriel Valley Tribune of Monrovia, California Whittier Daily News of Whittier, California Willits News of Willits, California Daily Democrat of Woodland, California Los Angeles Daily News of Woodland Hills, California
But I'd have to subscribe to the cat box liner Mercury News. Today marks my one-year anniversary of unemployment. There is no possible way I can subscribe to every damn newspaper in the country. Why can't some of my gigantic Internet bill go to content providers, like they used to do with blank cassette tapes?
Post by nadinbrzezinski on Jun 17, 2017 14:19:31 GMT -5
Because it costs us money to produce that content. Rant on...just because it is on the internet does not mean it is free. I produce this content. When we go o a wild fire, you are talking of at least 40 bucks, between gas and food. If I add vehicle maitaancce, add another 2 bucks. Three weeks ago for about ten minutes,,we thought a camera body bought the farm. This is why you have a paywall....rant off.
So what's wrong with building a content fee into my Internet bill? Or perhaps small sites like yours could band together and sell ads on the whole package. And I ran across another fun one this morning: "Answer this brief question to continue reading this article."
Divided by clicks, which would give me an extra incentive not to click on reich-wing garbage just to see what fresh hell they're inflicting on us, and, of course, an incentive to stay informed about happenings in San Diego.
Sites like yours don't really have the paywall option. Most would disappear overnight if they tried it. And there is a finite amount of ad dollars out there, split up between TV, radio, print and online media. So where does the money come from? Restricting access to information for poor people is how we ended up in electoral hell last fall.
Post by nadinbrzezinski on Jun 18, 2017 21:30:48 GMT -5
I am just letting you know how this works. In the system we all live under, that is the way it is.
As to restricting access to poor people. Well, they have a limited number of articles you can read for free. That is for every paper out there. The Guardian has not gone that route, for example. And you really think poor people in Appalachia read the WAPO, or the NYT? Really?
I was thinking more about poor people in cities, and people like myself who were not always poor. And maybe if poor people in Appalachia read more and watched Fux less, WV wouldn't have flipped from solid Dem to solid repuke.
Post by nadinbrzezinski on Jun 19, 2017 15:32:13 GMT -5
Or perhaps you do not understand the cultural differences between different regions of the country. Or why different regions think the way they think. No, matter. As is, I am finding myself in a far less partisan place than you, for example. And after seeing zero interest on this site on matters that matter to me, I am going to make my exit stage whatever. Trust me, I am way to the left of most of you, but I know what that means. Hell, I grew in a country with an actual, organized, living and breathing actual left. I also grew up in a country with death squads, and it is just coming to terms with that era.... while tens of thousands have already disappeared.
But seriously, after seeing a post disappear listing the USN personnel who were killed in that collision, it is time for me to leave this place too. Also, I do not share your disdain for Republicans.. for that matter, the disdain or hate Republicans share for whatever they think is the left. Or the hate that center right Democrats also share for that left.
With that time to log off.... and just stick to Facebook if at all.
But I will leave you with this thought. It is a fucking business. You want media to be around, you need to pay for it. Just because it is on the internet does not mean it is free.
No, someone needs to pay for it. At the moment, that cannot be me, although I did have a promising interview this afternoon. Try to imagine a world in which MSNBC was a pay channel like HBO or Showtime, and us peons were left with CNN and Fux.
I have no idea what happened to your post , but I do know that this tiny little site needs all the voices it can get if it is ever to amount to anything, especially with trumad busy with work. Now that I've abandoned JPR at your suggestion, this is all I've got.
Post by nadinbrzezinski on Jun 19, 2017 21:43:47 GMT -5
You were rather unhappy at JPR. I know you were. I suggested that if you were so unhappy, why the hell do you bother? Yes, many of those posters think they are revolutionaries, they are not. And many of them believe they are not racists or antisemites, they are. The same can be said about what you called SV, I just label it more appropriately, neoliberal above ground.
As to sites. I am starting to be increasingly of the mind that self-imposed echo chambers are one reason we are in the hole we are as a nation. Nor do I discount a civil war. Never have, and now the words COLD civil war are being uttered by far more than just me.
As to what happened to that post, I suppose somebody did not think the names of the sailors released by the Navy were breaking news. Never mind that every editor of every major publication and all my local media did think it was worthy of breaking news. I am fine with that, but I was surprised it went missing. If somebody does not agree with every major media editor and many small media editors that the names were worthy of breaking news: MOVE THE DAMN THING.
I know that we will be on alert, in case either of the two families wants to have a public funeral. Since this is not a police officer shot in the line of duty, they do have a choice. I intend to respect it. I always do.
I added to the story an address if anybody is of the mind of sending some used clothes, or personal hygiene products, or just a damn book to the sailors. They lost all. I just do not expect most people to think of that. So when somebody attached to the Navy dropped the addy...The disconnect between those who serve and civilians is wider than the distance from Earth to the Sun at this point. Nor do I intend to add a link either.