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  •  Of Course its a success! (4.00)
    They are getting new revenue from people for the same content they used to give away for free and were going to pay for regardless. aside from some nominal IT costs, that's a profit margin of 100%.

    I think that if they looked at more relevent statistics other than the financial bottom line, they might redefine success. That's the point of this graph, I figure.

    •  But they are losing lots of readers... (none)
      and that means online advertising dollars are not far behind. I, for one, have only started reading the blogs since this change came about, and I'm really glad that the NYTimes pushed me away. Though I miss the columnists, I'm in no hurry to pay for them.
      •  I agree. Not being able to subscribe (none)
        to the actual newspaper from here, I'm a registered online user, and receive their daily headlines and blurbs by e-mail.

        But since they started this "Select" crap, I haven't read one single article. Their daily e-mails come in and go out totally unread.

        "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." - Mark Twain

        by Donna in Rome on Tue Oct 11, 2005 at 01:23:22 PM PDT

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        •  Me, too. (none)
          Well, I've been there a couple of times, mostly Sundays.

          But I used to go there almost every day; now I figure if they have a good story, or a whorishly bad one, I'll read about here.

          The Republicans want to cut YOUR Social Security benefits.

          by devtob on Tue Oct 11, 2005 at 03:04:08 PM PDT

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          •  Must agree. (none)
            Yep. I'm a frequenter of WaPo online now. Took a few days to get used to the different format, but I can't stand to think those guys who did so much to put troops in Iraq are profitting from my news interest.

            Krugman, hopefully, will rethink his position there when his contract is up. Perhaps he could follow in Christopher Lyden's footsteps and create his own website? Heck, imagine if he personally posted columns here!

            (dreams, I know...)

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            You see, what confuses the world is the incongruity between the swift flight of the mind and matter's vast clumsy slowness...

            by Hauer Santos on Tue Oct 11, 2005 at 04:58:34 PM PDT

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            •  Yeah, just imagine ... (none)
              I'm imagining Paul Krugman ... broke and begging for money.  

              Why would he want to quit the paper that pays him and come write for a site that has half a dozen ads from some campaigns?  Because the paper that pays him wants people who read him to help pay his salary?  You've got to be kidding me.

              •  Personal Finances (none)
                Doesn't Krugman have a job at a prestigious Ivy-League university, with tenure? Doesn't he have a modest income from book sales?

                Doesn't the NYT already pay him without the advantage of this "Select" system?

                Now, to answer your question..."why would he want to quit the paper that pays him?" Possible answer: he doesn't like being behind the firewall. He wants to have more diverse readership. Maybe he'd like another paper to pay him. The DKos thing is an idea that evolved from my own selfishness.

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                You see, what confuses the world is the incongruity between the swift flight of the mind and matter's vast clumsy slowness...

                by Hauer Santos on Wed Oct 12, 2005 at 05:51:57 AM PDT

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