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WITH FIVE DAYS TO GO, YOU CAN FIND A WHOLE LOT OF “HOW TO” ARTICLES  ON GETTING  AROUND THE TIMES’ PAYWALL

My last blog addressed why I don’t think even the most passionate of news lovers will want to pay for the NY Times online.  Now, it turns out, no one really has to.  And just today, The Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., admitted he created his paywall to be “purposely porous,” saying  he thinks “It’ll be mostly high school kids and people out of work,”  before adding “I can’t believe I said that.”

“Can people go around the system?” Sulzberger asked during an appearance at The Paley Center for Media. “The answer is yes. There are going to be ways.  Just as if you run down Sixth Avenue right now and you pass a newsstand and grab the paper and keep running you can actually get the Times free,” he said.

“We have to accept that, ” Sultzberger went on to say, explaining he doesn’t believe it’s going to be easy to do.

“Is it going to be done by the kind of people who buy the quality news and opinion of the New York Times? We don’t think so,” he said.

Perhaps Mr. Sultzberger doesn’t know his readers very well.  Or perhaps he’s too old fashioned to know what’s going on online. I’d like to think I rank among “the kind of people who buy the quality news and opinion of the New York Times.”   But everywhere I’ve looked today,  I’ve learned how to jump the wall in quite a few different and imaginative ways.  I’ve read one can “launder” The Times through Google. That’s when you cut and paste the NY Times headline into the Google search window and circumvent the wall.

You can delete the flash cookies from your computer as soon as you approach the article limit. There’s a @FreeNYTimes Twitter feed of all articles, something Forbes is reporting The Times has asked Twitter to take down.  There is also @FreeNYT on Twitter and, I imagine, lots more to come. Read the rest of this entry »

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