Journalists are True Alphas When it Comes to Comment Trolling
Background: Yesterday in the Columbia Journalism Review Howard Owens published a piece called How David Simon is wrong about paywalls. In some five thousand plus words he expounds on how paywalls cannot, and will not, save the newsroom.
First comment, by David Simon to defend himself includes such gems as, “Your numbers are just whack. Insane. Off the charts.”
Then come Steven Brill and Gordon Crovitz, creators of the Software as a Service paywall system Press+, and a host of other media thinkers sniping at one another.
It’s a lively discussion, to be sure, and well worth the now very long read. It is, after all, a gathering of many who have worked with and without paywalls and study the overall economics of sustainable news operations.
Start with David Simon’s original post and be sure to hit the comments.
Then move on to Howard Owens’ rebuttal.
It may be very much inside baseball but sometimes inside baseball is a very good place to be.