As someone who earns his living writing for magazines, this strikes me as theft, pure and simple. (...) True, I've already been paid for the writing of mine that appears on Mygazines. Widespread pirating eventually cuts into profits, which ultimately trickles down to shmoes like me.
posted by adgnyc at 1:16 PM on July 22
I'm not saying that this is the deathblow to free democracy or anything, just that it's something that everyone involved in magazines (from publishers on down) has to deal with, and that it's a trend that I think goes very much against the stated aims of folks who would otherwise argue for the freedom of information etc.
posted by klangklangston at 2:57 PM on July 22
God, are you retarded?
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issues, topics, and facts at hand—not at other members of the site.
The "mass media" has found other ways of monetizing information—through an increased reliance on advertorial and stealth-advertorial content (like, in the current issue of Seventeen, one of the ways to get your beach crush to notice you is to buy him a Mountain Dew). Which means that while the information will be easier to distribute, it will be of lower quality (quality here based on subjective but traditional views of public good, like independence and advocacy). Given that folks who argue for the trope of information "wanting" to be free generally are of liberal stripes, this is an unintended and also negative consequence.
So please spare me your tired clichés about new media or "exploring our future." I explained above why music and television are different models—on either side—and why this matters to journalism, and you gave me the hackneyed Cory Doctorow bullshit.
posted by klangklangston at 11:28 PM on July 22
the process of journalism itself is increasingly open to deconstruction: the tools of researching, recording, publishing and distribution can now be broken up and distributed between teams of organised readers.
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