Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Thumbs down on small payments, says Shirkey

Clay Shirky: Why Small Payments Won’t Save Publishers:

The invocation of micropayments involves a displaced fantasy that the publishers of digital content can re-assert control over we unruly users in a media environment with low barriers to entry for competition.

What matters at newspapers and magazines isn’t publishing, it’s reporting. We should be talking about new models for employing reporters rather than resuscitating old models for employing publishers;

All of which seems sensible to me with regard to commodified news. But what about other sorts of publishing and archival marketeering? He's at FASTforward09, and seems not yet to have moderated his comments. Here's one I left earlier today:

Clay, do you see no role for microeconomics for vended content? One area where one has imagined it proving useful is academic treasure houses like JSTOR, ProjectMUSE, which simply close themselves off to potential readers by operating within an institutional subscription format.

What sort of model would you prefer?

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Blogger jonhusband said...

Wish I had read this on February 9 before 5h00 pm, as I had the privilege of interviewing Clay at that time, and probably would have preferred asking him this question rather than several of the questions I did ask him.

I really would like to hear what he has to say about your question .. maybe we should pursue with him ? Your permission to follow with him by email ?

2/10/2009 3:15 PM  
Blogger Tom Matrullo said...

Of course Jon - thanks!

2/10/2009 4:03 PM  
Blogger Tom Matrullo said...

The only comments so far on his piece come from trackbacks...

2/10/2009 9:04 PM  
Blogger Tom Matrullo said...

Odd. In a further development, my unmoderated comment is gone, and the option to comment is also gone. There's just the post and trackbacks. Here comes nobody???

2/12/2009 11:06 AM  
Blogger jonhusband said...

Killjoy wuz here ?

2/12/2009 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freakonomics in NYT talks about


2/18/2009 3:20 PM  
Blogger Tom Matrullo said...

Thanks anon - there still the focus is news, and I think Clay's right about that. But alas,

(You can only stonewall things that are on your side of the wall.)

With regard to enclosures like JSTOR, this is the argument for the perpetuation of the wall.

2/19/2009 5:08 PM  

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