The Tennessean Mobile Paywall – a safety HAZZARD based on GREED. WSMV is the way to go.
A few weeks ago Nashville had some major flash flooding. Roads were closed. Police were dispatched. I needed to know what was going on – in transit. I visited the Tennessean mobile site and encountered a ‘paywall’ that said my ‘trial’ had expired. This screen shot shows what someone will normally see who hasn’t had a ‘trial’. They also have an app but unlike the FoxNews App and many other apps, it is NOT FREE.
Now I am a bit upset because I needed information RIGHT AWAY. I am a conservative who believes in capitalism and the right to charge but I am also a citizen who counts on the press, among others, the online wing of the printed press, to keep me informed on matters of public safety. These include weathers, criminal eyewitness descriptions, and news for the general welfare of the population. However the Tennessean seems to believe only those who pay should have that kind of mobile access to information. The privileged of Brentwood, Franklin, and Green Hills probably have paid subscriptions to the mobile apps? But what about people like me? What about people who don’t get home newspaper delivery (which I believe is outdated after the paper is put to bed and bad waste for the environment – yes, I’m a conservative who believes Newspapers are a waste of trees)
Why not at least allow free access to sections that are vital to the general welfare: weather, crime, and certain news stories? You can paywall sports, local business news, and front page news that is non-essential.
Newspapers are dying. Everyone knows that from the recent sale to Amazon of the Washington Post.
WSMV cares about the pubic. They allow free access to their website. In a time of flash flooding, tornados, crime, and terrorism alerts I think I’ll stick with http://www.wsmv.com
They’re up to date, mobile, and free. The Tennessean should drop it’s paywall the way the San Francisco Chronicle has. Let’s give ALL Tenneseans EQUAL ACCESS to the press, not just the ones who make enough to pay. Especially in times of emergencies when live are at stake. Or just go to WSMV.com on your mobile device. They allow access to everyone regardless of your socioeconomic class.