Unfortunately, as the Times ventures to dip it’s toe in the subscription pool to test the water, it seems like it is determined in advance to fail miserably. If you had gathered a band of the world’s leading experts on failure, and asked them to come up with a plan so incredibly stupid as to guarantee not only that you would fail, but that your failure would light up the sky like a flaming space station crashing to earth, you could not have expected any better of a plan than the one the NYT is putting in place.
There are good reasons and bad reasons to write a blog, but I don’t know what they are. All I know, is I’m in it for the fame, chicks and dollars. I don’t know why everyone isn’t cashing in on this racket, but it’s just as well – I don’t like to share. I won’t give away all my secrets, but here are...
To me, Quora is kind of like Farmville for smart people. Instead of tending virtual crops, we’re sitting around arguing about metaphysics or economics, but at the end of the discussion, it’s very rare that any kind of definitive answer has been reached that will be of use to anyone. I also can’t imagine anyone quoting an answer from Quora in an academic paper – no matter how compelling the answers, they’re still just a random collection of opinions from people with nothing better to do that sit on Quora. It’s hardly an authoritative source.
Will this work? I have some sympathy for these content providers. I read multiple stories from the New York Times every day, and I never click on ads or do anything else that would earn them a penny. I like hearing a first hand view from one of their reporters in Cairo, but I'm not helping to pay his salary.