ANNOUNCEMENT: The League of Ordinary Gentlemen, Print Edition

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Jason Kuznicki

Jason Kuznicki is a research fellow at the Cato Institute and contributor of Cato Unbound. He's on twitter as JasonKuznicki. His interests include political theory and history.

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  1. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    Why would changing to a format people have always resisted paying for be a difficult decision? Beats me.Report

    • Avatar Jason Kuznicki says:

      The problem is that readers are now resisting paying for either format, print or online.

      If they’re giving roughly the same amount of resistance, the only remaining questions are the size and quality of the advertising audience, and the freshness of the news. The former varies, but in the latter, online wins every time.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird says:

        If there’s no discernible difference in the amount of quality between the two things, why would you choose the one you have to pay for?Report

        • Avatar Jason Kuznicki says:

          Just so.

          The trouble is that I almost never see online content edited to the same standards that I find in the parallel print publication. Atlantic, TNR, the Nation — goodness yes, Reason — all have flaws online that aren’t in print.

          There is an art to good English usage, and there is an art to editing. Both are dying all around us.Report

          • Avatar Patrick Cahalan says:

            They’re not just dying, they’re being murdered. It’s a genocide.Report

          • Avatar MikeSchilling says:

            It’s like most open source software: lots of code, because writing code is the fun part. [1] Minimal tests and docs, because that’s work and there isn’t money to pay for it.

            In other words, you get what you pay for.

            1. The code doesn’t work in edge cases, because thinking that stuff through isn’t fun either.Report