Note — Aug 09, 2020

The Truth Is Paywalled But The Lies Are Free

As the title says, how the truth (“the truth”) is largely paywalled and the lies are free, but also how even getting to that truth (especially academic articles) can be a pain and a time-waster. He proposes an hypothetical universally freely available repository of everything where authors are paid per view instead of sold copies. Since there’s no math here other than “taxes,” I’m not sure what I think of the author’s idea of making a decent living on a Universal Basic Income or how the free repository would work. I might be too surrounded by the capitalist model to properly envision his alternative. Nonetheless, certainly an interesting thought experiment and the issue described is worrying.

But let us also notice something: the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the New Republic, New York, Harper’s, the New York Review of Books, the Financial Times, and the London Times all have paywalls. Breitbart, Fox News, the Daily Wire, the Federalist, the Washington Examiner, InfoWars: free! […]

The content of the Wayback Machine, all of the newspaper archives, Google Books, Getty Images, Project Gutenberg, Spotify, the Library of Congress, everything in WestLaw and Lexis, all of it, every piece of it accessible instantly in full, and with a search function designed to be as simple as possible and allow you to quickly narrow down what you are looking for.