Peter Kafka

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Another (Not Great) Newspaper Pay Wall Strategy: Shortchange the Web

Outside of a few outliers (like The Wall Street Journal), newspaper pay walls are unexplored territory. Which is why experiments like the ones the New York Times is conducting at its flagship paper and other publications are so interesting. But here’s one that probably won’t work: Rhode Island’s Providence Journal plans to run only excerpts from its print edition on its Web site–even for the paper’s subscribers.


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Nobody was excited about paying top dollar for a movie about WikiLeaks. A film about the origins of Pets.com would have done better.

— Gitesh Pandya of BoxOfficeGuru.com comments on the dreadful opening weekend box office numbers for “The Fifth Estate.”