Soapbox: “Up against the (pay) wall!”

Any researcher who has found a newspaper story via a search engine knows the frustration of receiving a message that the article is for paying subscribers only. So I don’t know what the big deal is about more publications taking this route.

I do know that the technological/ knowledge  divide is getting wider and wider. We live in a town that’s very diverse, socioeconomically speaking. And while many families are fortunate to have home computers, others are not. So when my kid comes home and does a lovely job composing attractive reports, full of charts and illustrations, will she have an advantage over someone who has limited access at a public facility, such as a library or in the school itself?

Anyway, here are a couple of pieces I came across that discuss the encroachment of the whole pay-for-play (in this case, read) issue.

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