Nieman Journalism Lab – Baseless speculation! Frank Rich and the price of paywalls for writers

So pub­lish­ers are turn­ing away from mod­els that empha­size economies of abun­dance, and toward ones that impose economies of scarcity: apps. Pay­walls. Sub­scrip­tions. Et cetera. By strate­gi­cally iso­lat­ing their con­tent from the puls­ing, prod­ding world of the open web, out­lets are attempt­ing to reclaim ana­log arti­facts of con­tain­ment for a dig­i­tal world whose every impulse is expansion.

Whether that will work as a busi­ness model remains to be seen. But it leads, it’s worth not­ing, to a basic prob­lem: Increas­ingly, the moti­va­tions of writ­ers and the moti­va­tions of the busi­nesses they work for are at odds with each other. Jour­nal­ists, enabled by the web, are increas­ingly defin­ing suc­cess accord­ing to expo­sure, and news orga­ni­za­tions are increas­ingly defin­ing suc­cess accord­ing to the lim­i­ta­tion of expo­sure. That’s a huge gen­er­al­iza­tion, sure, but one that will become increas­ingly valid, I think, in an ecosys­tem that imposes a ten­sion between walled gar­dens and open fields.

via Nie­man Jour­nal­ism Lab – Base­less spec­u­la­tion! Frank Rich and the price of pay­walls for writ­ers. Good point to rec­og­nize this dif­fer­ence, but the point must still be made that both need to be paid, and half to find a sys­tem that enables writ­ers and pub­lish­ers to make money off the content.

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