Why Paywalls should exist #Alphabet

15 Mar

We have come a long way from grunting cavemen… we are living in a time of global digital publishing. Although carving out stones, creating smoke signals, and forming hieroglyphics have the authority (as Andrew addressed in Lecture 2) of lasting hundreds of years, they do not have the power of creating and sharing ideas nationally and globally.

The digital age we live in has enabled anyone to share ideas. Everyone has the ability to be a writer…but not necessarily be good at it. Pay Walls give publishing entities like newspapers power and ensure them respect. People are prepared to pay the price if they know they will be guaranteed quality writing rather than wasting hours sieving through the thousands of unskilled ‘writers’ on the web. Skilled journalists should be sufficiently compensated for the work they do.

Playing with words is a skill. Professional Authors and Journalists use their skills to inform, teach, humor, scare and help individuals as well as societies. In order for these skilled professionals to keep flourishing they must have a publishing platform that is able to provide them with a living and more.

As well as the simplicities of social media platforms such as Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and blogging for individuals to publish ideas.. Check out how easy it is for anyone to become both an author of an entire book …


Shouldn’t respected entities such as The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The NY Times, specialist magazines (such as The Economist) and talented Authors be entitled to Pay Walls?

Pay Walls indicate to the public where quality work lies within the realms of the Internet.

Although Alan Rusbridger, who is against the concept of Pay Walls, makes valid point about how they may put aspiring journalists in the dark,

“If you think about journalism, not business models, you can become rather excited about the future. If you only think about business models you can scare yourself into total paralysis.”
[online] Busfield, Steve (2010) ‘Guardian editor hits back at paywalls’, The Guardian, January 25, http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/jan/25/guardian-editor-paywalls

BUT journalists cannot become excited about the future if they have no way of funding their inspirations… yes, many journalists start out in a competitive unpaid world, but when they actually start getting paid for what they do they automatically become a more respected professional.

The creation of the alphabet was the seed to our ever-blossoming world. In order for our world to keep blossoming we need to understand the importance of compensating quality journalists and writers rather than letting them get lost in the sea of our unlimited (and unqualified) digital publishers..


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