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9.12.2005

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As has been observed, the fewer people read an op-ed, the less important it is. If you need to pay to read it, fewer people will, then it will be less important, then fewer people will pay…

I'm surprised too see this move towards true irrelevance.

8 Comments:

At 12:00 AM, Blogger Jerry Simpson said...

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At 12:18 AM, Blogger Ivan said...

try to comment, if you can, asshole spambots.

 
At 12:38 AM, Blogger Miguel said...

I think the blurry letters really fit well with the "drink" theme.

 
At 1:11 AM, Blogger joško said...

as for timeselect, i've noticed i've been reading far fewer times op-eds of late anyhow. i think tearny is the only guy i've been reading. i guess i'll miss him.

 
At 1:13 AM, Blogger joško said...

oh, and ivan, is it not ironic that the work you're doing (computer vision) will make these anti-spam word verification systems obsolete? will we have to do turing tests or something?

 
At 8:24 AM, Blogger Ivan said...

Yah, I've read papers about how to solve them. It won't be long before they are useless, and some other turing test will be used.

The problem is anonymity. THere is no trust among strangers. This has, to me, been one of the best things about the internet and I hope it doesn't change.

 
At 2:33 PM, Blogger Miguel said...

I think the Times is just saying they don't really care about blog readership, and that they like customers who pay. There's probably a lot of people who think it's worth money to read Krugman or Tierney, and I'm not sure why the Times would care about someone who doesn't. How much smaller do you think the readership for the Op Ed page is? Not a lot, especially among the target audience of politicians and white collar workers.

 
At 10:43 PM, Blogger Ivan said...

Probably some are zombies, but there are more blogs (17.1M) than circulation of the new york times (600K daily, 1M sunday).

If I owned times stock, I'd sell. If I ran the times, I would open my writing to the wrath and critique of bloggers, ensuring less bias and more diverse reporting.

 

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