I’m sick of talking about the NYT pay wall, but sometimes I just can’t get over how much media elites despise their customers. Pinch Sulzberger (via John Gruber):
“Can people go around the system?” Sulzberger asked during an appearance at The Paley Center for Media here. “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. Is it going easy? No. 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.
“It’ll be mostly high school kids and people out of work,” Sulzberger said, before adding “I can’t believe I said that.”
There’s this strange undercurrent of hatred towards anyone who reads news online, they’re angry bloggers in the their pajamas, they’re high school kids and people out of work! I don’t see how this bodes well for elite media as we move towards a world where everyone reads the paper on line and most try to avoid paying for it if they can do so easily.