Zebra 3 Report by Joe Anybody
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Wed in Caracas
Mood:  incredulous
Now Playing: man this is great ..i am learning so much!
Topic: Venezuela Trip

its Wednesday...and in the morning im running off to a homeless ¨camp where the homeless have taken over in numerous places ..empty buildings

its not like in America, where it gets you in trouble...they actually prove it serves the community and the government then supports them

 

I’m busy every day .... it is really fun

we have to lock ourselves in at night ...crime i guess is bad

I am doing great ..eating three meals a day ...and learning allot

Today we went to an area )barrio( where the police were kicked out of

we couldn’t even bring our cameras or phones in side the community

They are an armed revolutionary named La Piedrita...we seen no guns

but they have them in case )america( pr someone attacks them

 

they were very friendly...and asked us why we in America don’t want peace and support our war and imperialist government...why we allow our government to oppress others and why we don’t rise up to do anything about it...it was very educational...I’m loving all the viewpoints

I have been on a community radio station talking about the media and the reason independent media is doing what the corporate media wont

I think I’m the only one in Venezuela with a video camera 

I will write again soon

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below is a list of what we have been doing

 

Friday: peace rally against war (esp about Military bases in Columba)

Sat: Recycled containers made into a media center for the community then went to a TV station ¨Tiuna El Fuerte

Sun: met Charlie Hardy author at our hostel ...then we went to the  Art Museum and met Eca Gilinger and she talked about Venz history, and then to the Vale Arriba neighborhood which was the rich part of town ...we are staying in the poor part...we went by the US embassy on our bus

Mon: we went to a occupied factory ..they took back from coke a cola Ëje Gramoven¨ took a tour and seen community groups working and networking (many women are involved ) they gave us a nice lunch too, then we went to :CATIA Tv station and met the community organizer who say your camera is a weapon ...he was cool we got a complete tour

 Tue: we went to AVILA TV station for the youth ...the to a community radio station ..then to a CAMPASINO organizing office

 

Wed; we went to Sonse 23 community radio station and to the armed no police LA Piedrita camp

 

got to go internet is closing down now

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 4:16 PM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 15 September 2009 5:26 PM PDT
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Monday in Caracas
Mood:  cool
Now Playing: Having a great time in Venezuela
Topic: Venezuela Trip

Hi everyone

I’m in a internet cafe at 8:30 pm  Monday

ALL IS WELL 

SOORY FOR FAST TYPING

UPDATE IS ALL GOOD

I HAVE LOTS OF VIDEO BY NOW 

WE WENT TO A OCCUPIED FACTORY

I HAVE BEEN TO A RADIO STAION AND WAS BRODCASTED WITH OTHER IN  OUR GROUP TOO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY (IT WAS COMMUNITY RADIO)

I also have been to 2 TV stations and we seen some cool media  grass roots activism

We met People from Association of Columbians living in Venezuela 

we met some more folks latter from the Local Campasino Network

we are busy all day

The Venezuelans love us 

We had no water in the hostel this morning ...latter it was back on ...that’s how it goes here

I’m doing real well ...and am learning  so much 

I will try to write more in the morning

peace 

Love = Solidarity

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 6:12 PM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 15 September 2009 5:28 PM PDT
Saturday, 5 September 2009
Saturday morning Report from Caracas
Mood:  incredulous
Now Playing: Friday "Anti War Demonstartion" and TV stations
Topic: Venezuela Trip

Well....  I’m at an internet cafe this morning (Saturday) .. our WIFI is not connecting at the hostel. I may not have spell-check and I only have a half-hour here. The first day we went to a protest (peace demonstration) against the military bases in Colombia...there was about 4,000 people there, allot of folks had red shirts.

It was full of energy. People clapping, bands singing, ...speeches.... they had a big stage... TV cameras etc... our group is networked through the peace network here so we made it to the front...and then we (4 of us) made it to the stage. Benji Iraq Vet, Gerry Vietnam war resister, Andrew activist...and me with my camera...We were all on stage with 50 other people... we had a chance to speak.

I just filmed...it was a powerful ... The crowd cheered. they loved us. Our folks on stage spoke out against "Imperialism and War¨ we stood in solidarity ...... We had people thanking us latter on the streets...That night Benji & Josh ..both Iraq veterans were on the national TV speaking out against war and US Imperialism. Nothing slanderous...but a powerful message against the failed US policies, and the use of Armed Forces on other people. Those two were on 2 different stations, that evening.After the demonstrations,  we went to a small cafe and had lunch...chicken burrito and Pepsi for me...then we drove to a community media studio ...we got the complete tour.

The media studio was a using¨ "recycled containers" like big railway cars to make offices and studios for filming recording.. they have a big mobile stage on a flat bed trailer...they have trucks with cameras and recording equipment...plus a big outdoor stage that they were actually filming a show on when we were there.

They are using recycled materials and government money to run the studio...it was a big open concrete area that used to be houses before the change in the "Metro" streets project for that area. We are in a 3 story nice clean house in our hostel.

Three ladies (younger than me) come by to fix breakfast and cook our dinner. Its cool and good food. Today we are maybe going to an opposition party protest. Don’t know the details but sounds like it will be interesting. We have an interpreter with us all day and he is really good...other in our group can speak pretty well to help us get around... we stay in a group most of the time.I had a lady tell me on camera to¨" tell Obama that capitalism isn’t working ...and that socialism is the answer" we are treated by folks here "really well" ....NOT one bad word or comment directed at us... just smiles!

I feel the energy here and the people are wise to their struggles for empowerment...it is cool....w e had a couple local guys stop by last night and party with us ...drinking beer till 1 am...and just sharing and listening to music etc....

The busses and cars drive "all over the road" with motorcycles zipping in between and all around honking their horns. Its insane ....I seen no accidents... but its is crazy... no one stops for red lights...very little police on the streets... almost all the busses and cars are really rugged broken down looking.... smoky exhausts etc... the trips around town are bumper to bumper...

I will be writing latter ...we are trying to get the WIFI up and runningthe weather is sultry... hot/warm....all the timeSo far I have four hours of video collected....

I will write about today latter tonight or in the morning.

¿joe anybody

 

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 8:26 AM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 30 September 2009 3:36 PM PDT
Thursday, 3 September 2009
9:15 am
Mood:  not sure
Now Playing: delay
Topic: Venezuela Trip

I have 15 min to take a quick shower, before my ride shows up this morning

Im still in Portland ...?... There was problems with My Name Spelling

So I was not able to board...untill a exchange (fix-it) was done. Now I have my new ticket (I hope) .... I was up all night and when I didnt make the flight whith everyone else.... iam sooo tired right now.

Josh is flying out at thesame time as me ...(I think) and Benji flies out tomorrow... well I'm off to a bumpy start ...but Im still going.

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 9:15 AM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 3 September 2009 9:47 AM PDT
At 2 am I wonder if I ever told ya ...
Mood:  chatty
Now Playing: Average Joe heads for the airport in 1.3 hours
Topic: Venezuela Trip

it's 2am

Im having a tall cold beer and getting all my camera gear into one bag *yikes!

And trying to get some music on my i-pod for the road trip

thanks soes ou to "all you who know who you are" for all the help everyone pitched in and this is gonna be cool...

Did I ever tell you all that Hugo Chavez is one of my Hero's?

read more here ...its older stuff ...but I'm sharing what I got

http://home.comcast.net/~sittingbythepool/HEROCHAVEZ.html


Posted by Joe Anybody at 2:16 AM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 3 September 2009 2:35 AM PDT
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Leaving at 6:00 AM
Mood:  chillin'
Now Playing: Im leaving in 10 hours
Topic: Venezuela Trip

Im not packed ..hey I will be ...I still got 10 hours

I need to shop ...get clothes ready ...errr I mean wash some clothes...

Charge all ny batteries and get all my reading material, video stuff ready

I had better not loose <or have stolen> any of my stuff as I am traveling

I need to update my blog ...(Oh) thats this one.... post a tweet on my two twitter accounts, update the pdx venezuela website...maybe post a note on the two FaceBook pages one is mine one is the group...then hit a quick message on Portland Indy Media....

 zzzzzzzzzzz!

Well that said ...I gotta get BUSY !!!! (*hey the phone is ringing)

(my daughter just called to confirm picking me up at 4am)

 

Soilidarity = Love

 

 

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 8:00 PM PDT
Monday, 31 August 2009
3 day countdown
Now Playing: Heading out of the Country with a Peace & Media Delegation

 

3 days till we leave for Venezuela

 

 

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 4:11 PM PDT
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Honduras and the USA air base
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: Mainstream Media and the facts of USA in Honduras occupation
Topic: WAR
The Coup and the U.S. Airbase in Honduras Print
Written by Nikolas Kozloff, CounterPunch   

Zelaya, Negroponte and the Controversy at Soto Cano

ImageThe mainstream media has once again dropped the ball on a key aspect of the ongoing story in Honduras: the U.S. airbase at Soto Cano, also known as Palmerola.  Prior to the recent military coup d’etat President Manuel Zelaya declared that he would turn the base into a civilian airport, a move opposed by the former U.S. ambassador.  What’s more Zelaya intended to carry out his project with Venezuelan financing.

For years prior to the coup the Honduran authorities had discussed the possibility of converting Palmerola into a civilian facility.  Officials fretted that Toncontín, Tegucigalpa’s international airport, was too small and incapable of handling large commercial aircraft.  An aging facility dating to 1948, Toncontín has a short runway and primitive navigation equipment.  The facility is surrounded by hills which makes it one of the world’s more dangerous international airports.

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Palmerola has the best runway inHonduras
Palmerola by contrast has the best runway in the country at 8,850 feet long and 165 feet wide.  The airport was built more recently in the mid-1980s at a reported cost of $30 million and was used by the United States for supplying the Contras during America’s proxy war against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua as well as conducting counter-insurgency operations in El Salvador.  At the height of the Contra war the U.S. had more than 5,000 soldiers stationed at Palmerola.  Known as the Contras’ “unsinkable aircraft carrier,” the base housed Green Berets as well as CIA operatives advising the Nicaraguan rebels.

More recently there have been some 500-to-600 U.S. troops on hand at the facility which serves as a Honduran air force base as well as a flight-training center.  With the exit of U.S. bases from Panama in 1999, Palmerola became one of the few usable airfields available to the U.S. on Latin American soil.  The base is located approximately 30 miles north of the capital Tegucigalpa.

In 2006 it looked as if Zelaya and the Bush administration were nearing a deal on Palmerola’s future status.  In June of that year Zelaya flew to Washington to meet President Bush and the Honduran requested that Palmerola be converted into a commercial airport.  Reportedly Bush said the idea was “wholly reasonable” and Zelaya declared that a four-lane highway would be constructed from Tegucigalpa to Palmerola with U.S. funding.   

In exchange for the White House’s help on the Palmerola facility Zelaya offered the U.S. access to a new military installation to be located in the Mosquitia area along the Honduran coast near the Nicaraguan border.  Mosquitia reportedly serves as a corridor for drugs moving south to north.  The drug cartels pass through Mosquitia with their cargo en route from Colombia, Peru and Bolivia.

A remote area only accessible by air, sea, and river Mosquitia is full of swamp and jungle.  The region is ideal for the U.S. since large numbers of troops may be housed in Mosquitia in relative obscurity.  The coastal location was ideally suited for naval and air coverage consistent with the stated U.S. military strategy of confronting organized crime, drug trafficking, and terrorism.  Romeo Vásquez, head of the Honduran Joint Chiefs of Staff, remarked that the armed forces needed to exert a greater presence in Mosquitia because the area was full of “conflict and problems.”

But what kind of access would the U.S. have to Mosquitia?  Honduran Defense Secretary Aristides Mejía said that Mosquitia wouldn’t necessarily be “a classic base with permanent installations, but just when needed. We intend, if President Zelaya approves, to expand joint operations [with the United States].”  That statement however was apparently not to the liking of eventual coup leader and U.S. School of the Americas graduate Vásquez who had already traveled to Washington to discuss future plans for Mosquitia.  Contradicting his own colleague, Vásquez said the idea was “to establish a permanent military base of ours in the zone” which would house aircraft and fuel supply systems.  The United States, Vásquez added, would help to construct air strips on site.   

Events on the ground meanwhile would soon force the Hondurans to take a more assertive approach towards air safety. 
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TACA flight crash at the Toncontín airport
In May, 2008 a terrible crash occurred at Toncontín airport when a TACA Airbus A320 slid off the runway on its second landing attempt.  After mowing down trees and smashing through a metal fence, the airplane’s fuselage was broken into three parts near the airstrip.  Three people were killed in the crash and 65 were injured.

In the wake of the tragedy Honduran officials were forced at long last to block planes from landing at the notoriously dangerous Toncontín.  All large jets, officials said, would be temporarily transferred to Palmerola.  Touring the U.S. airbase himself Zelaya remarked that the authorities would create a new civilian facility at Palmerola within sixty days.  Bush had already agreed to let Honduras construct a civilian airport at Palmerola, Zelaya said.  “There are witnesses,” the President added.  

But constructing a new airport had grown more politically complicated.  Honduran-U.S. relations had deteriorated considerably since Zelaya’s 2006 meeting with Bush and Zelaya had started to cultivate ties to Venezuela while simultaneously criticizing the American-led war on drugs.

Bush’s own U.S. Ambassador Charles Ford said that while he would welcome the traffic at Palmerola past agreements should be honored.  The base was used mostly for drug surveillance planes and Ford remarked that “The president can order the use of Palmerola when he wants, but certain accords and protocols must be followed.”  “It is important to point out that Toncontín is certified by the International Civil Aviation Organization,” Ford added, hoping to allay long-time concerns about the airport’s safety.  What’s more, the diplomat declared, there were some airlines that would not see Palmerola as an “attractive” landing destination.  Ford would not elaborate or explain what his remarks were supposed to mean.

Throwing fuel on the fire Assistant Secretary of State John Negroponte, a former U.S. ambassador to Honduras, said that Honduras could not transform Palmerola into a civilian airport “from one day to the next.”  In Tegucigalpa, Negroponte met with Zelaya to discuss Palmerola.  Speaking later on Honduran radio the U.S. diplomat said that before Zelaya could embark on his plans for Palmerola the airport would have to receive international certification for new incoming flights.  According to Spanish news agency EFE Negroponte also took advantage of his Tegucigalpa trip to sit down and meet with the President of the Honduran Parliament and future coup leader Roberto Micheletti [the news account however did not state what the two discussed].

Needless to say Negroponte’s visit to Honduras was widely repudiated by progressive and human rights activists who labeled Negroponte “an assassin” and accused him of being responsible for forced disappearances during the diplomat’s tenure as ambassador (1981-1985).  Moreover, Ford and Negroponte’s condescending attitude irked organized labor, indigenous groups and peasants who demanded that Honduras reclaim its national sovereignty over Palmerola. 
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“It’s necessary to recover Palmerola because it’s unacceptable that the best airstrip in Central America continues to be in the hands of the U.S. military,” said Carlos Reyes, leader of the Popular Bloc which included various politically progressive organizations.  “The Cold War has ended and there are no pretexts to continue with the military presence in the region,” he added.  The activist remarked that the government should not contemplate swapping Mosquitia for Palmerola either as this would be an affront to Honduran pride.

Over the next year Zelaya sought to convert Palmerola into a civilian airport but plans languished when the government was unable to attract international investors.  Finally in 2009 Zelaya announced that the Honduran armed forces would undertake construction. 
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In 2009 Zelaya announced that the Honduran armed forces would convert Palmerola into a civilian airport.
To pay for the new project the President would rely on funding from ALBA [in English, the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas] and Petrocaribe, two reciprocal trading agreements pushed by Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez.  Predictably the Honduran right leapt on Zelaya for using Venezuelan funds.  Amílcar Bulnes, President of the Honduran Business Association [known by its Spanish acronym COHEP] said that Petrocaribe funds should not be used for the airport but rather for other, unspecified needs.

A couple weeks after Zelaya announced that the armed forces would proceed with construction at Palmerola the military rebelled.  Led by Romeo Vásquez, the army overthrew Zelaya and deported him out of the country.  In the wake of the coup U.S. peace activists visited Palmerola and were surprised to find that the base was busy and helicopters were flying all around.  When activists asked American officials if anything had changed in terms of the U.S.-Honduran relationship they were told “no, nothing.”

The Honduran elite and the hard right U.S. foreign policy establishment had many reasons to despise Manuel Zelaya as I’ve discussed in previous articles.  The controversy over the Palmerola airbase however certainly gave them more ammunition.

 


Nikolas Kozloff is the author of Revolution! South America and the Rise of the New Left (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008)


Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 20 August 2009
400,000 Military Personnel on city streets
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: Posse Comitatus Act ...is fading
Topic: CIVIL RIGHTS

 Hi Z3-ers... Here comes more of what I have been saying for a long time, is going to happen on the streets of America, all in the name of "protecting you"....

The Pentagon Wants Authority to Post Almost 400,000 Military Personnel in U.S.

By Matthew Rothschild, August 12, 2009

The Pentagon has approached Congress to grant the Secretary of Defense the authority to post almost 400,000 military personnel throughout the United States in times of emergency or a major disaster.

This request has already occasioned a dispute with the nation’s governors. And it raises the prospect of U.S. military personnel patrolling the streets of the United States, in conflict with the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878.

In June, the U.S. Northern Command distributed a “Congressional Fact Sheet” entitled “Legislative Proposal for Activation of Federal Reserve Forces for Disasters.” That proposal would amend current law, thereby “authorizing the Secretary of Defense to order any unit or member of the Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Navy Reserve, and the Marine Corps Reserve, to active duty for a major disaster or emergency.”

Taken together, these reserve units would amount to “more than 379,000 military personnel in thousands of communities across the United States,” explained

Paul Stockton, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and America’s Security Affairs, in a letter to the National Governors Association, dated July 20.

The governors were not happy about this proposal, since they want to maintain control of their own National Guard forces, as well as military personnel acting in a domestic capacity in their states.

“We are concerned that the legislative proposal you discuss in your letter would invite confusion on critical command and control issues,” Governor James H. Douglas of Vermont and Governor Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, the president and vice president of the governors’ association, wrote in a letter back to Stockton on August 7. The governors asserted that they “must have tactical control over all . . . active duty and reserve military forces engaged in domestic operations within the governor’s state or territory.”

According to Pentagon public affairs officer Lt. Col. Almarah K. Belk, Stockton has not responded formally to the governors but understands their concerns.

“There is a rub there,” she said. “If the Secretary calls up the reserve personnel to provide support in a state and retains command and control of those forces, the governors are concerned about if I have command and control of the Guard, how do we ensure unity of effort and everyone is communicating and not running over each other.”

Belk said Stockton is addressing this problem. “That is exactly what Dr. Stockton is working out right now with the governors and DHS and the National Guard,” she said. “He’s bringing all the stakeholders together.”

Belk said the legislative change is necessary in the aftermath of a “catastrophic natural disaster, not beyond that,” and she referred to Katrina, among other events.

But NorthCom’s Congressional fact sheet refers not just to a “major disaster” but also to “emergencies.” And it says, “Those terms are defined in section 5122 of title 42, U.S. Code.”

That section gives the President the sole discretion to designate an event as an “emergency” or a “major disaster.” Both are “in the determination of the President” alone.

That section also defines “major disaster” by citing plenty of specifics: “hurricane, tornado, storm, high water, wind-driven water, tidal wave, tsunami, earthquake, volcanic eruption, landslide, mudslide, snowstorm, or drought,” as well as “fire, flood, or explosion.”

But the definition of “emergency” is vague: “Emergency means any occasion or instance for which, in the determination of the President, Federal assistance is needed to supplement State and local efforts and capabilities to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in any part of the United States.”

Currently, the President can call up the Reserves only in an emergency involving “a use or threatened use of a weapon of mass destruction” or “a terrorist attack or threatened terrorist attack in the United States that results, or could result, in significant loss of life or property,” according to Title 10, Chapter 1209, Section 12304, of the U.S. Code. In fact, Section 12304 explicitly prohibits the President from calling up the Reserves for any other “natural or manmade disaster, accident, or catastrophe.”

So the new proposed legislation would greatly expand the President’s power to call up the Reserves in a disaster or an emergency and would extend that power to the Secretary of Defense. (There are other circumstances, such as repelling invasions or rebellions or enforcing federal authority, where the President already has the authority to call up the Reserves.)

The ACLU is alarmed by the proposed legislation. Mike German, the ACLU’s national security policy counsel, expressed amazement “that the military would propose such a broad set of authorities and potentially undermine a 100-year-old prohibition against the military in domestic law enforcement with no public debate and seemingly little understanding of the threat to democracy.”

At the moment, says Pentagon spokesperson Belk, the legislation does not have a sponsor in the House or the Senate.

For more information on NorthCom, see Matthew Rothschild’s “What Is NorthCom Up To?” which ran on the cover of The Progressive’s February issue.

And to stay abreast of the military&rsquo;s encroachment into domestic affairs and other civil liberties issues, please subscribe to The Progressive today for only $14.97 by clicking here.


Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Are ya gonna Pay to read the Corporate News?
Mood:  cheeky
Now Playing: The cost of information from corporate media
Topic: MEDIA

 

Z3 Readers, get out your wallet or your search engine 

Murdoch to Charge for All Newspaper Sites

  • By Ian Paul - Thu Aug 6, 2009 9:21AM EDT  

 http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20090806/tc_pcworld/murdochtochargeforallnewspapersites_1

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. has had a tough time making money this year, but Murdoch has a solution for the company's woes: online content protection and paywalls, which allow only paid subscribers to access certain content on a Web site.

News Corp yesterday reported its profits were down 8 percent this year compared to fiscal year 2008. In a press release, Murdoch said 2009 was "the most difficult [year] in recent history" for the company. To slow the financial bleeding, Murdoch has decided that all of News Corp's newspaper sites will institute a paywall by next summer, according to the Guardian.

Echoing the sentiment "content isn't free," Murdoch yesterday told reporters during News Corp's earnings call that all of the company's newspaper properties would model their paywalls after the structure currently in place on The Wall Street Journal's Web site, according to tweets from Paid Content's Staci D Kramer.

The paywall at WSJ.com is often seen as the most successful model of its kind in the news business. The online version of the WSJ features a mix of freely available content, with certain premium articles -- mostly financial news -- available only to paid subscribers. Since News Corp owns many popular newspapers around the world, it's likely Murdoch's decision will have a ripple effect across the newspaper industry. The News Corp media empire contains some of the biggest newspaper properties in the world including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post, as well as the U.K.-based papers The Times and News of the World.

Before Murdoch's statements, The New York Times was already thinking about reviving its own paywall -- even though its previous paywall models were relatively unsuccessful. And in May of this year, newspaper executives from across the country met in Chicago to discuss the fate of their industry. The common theme at the meeting was that most newspapers would eventually start charging for some online content in an attempt to earn some money online, according to the Atlantic.

During the earnings call Murdoch also said that once News Corp properties start charging for content, the media company will move to aggressively protect its copyrighted content. The Associated Press recently announced a similar content-protection policy. The AP intends to use a piece of software to monitor where its news content appears online, and then attempt to charge money to third-party Web sites that overuse its content.

But Will Charging for News Work?

The problem with paywalls is that these models have been unsuccessful in the past. Many newspapers have done away with this system in recent years opting for ad-supported Web sites; however, Web advertising has not been able to make up for lost revenue from its physical newspaper product. So far, the only response newspapers can think of to stem the tide of lost dollars is to charge for their content.

But will customers be willing to pay for content they are used to getting for free? I think it's possible, but it depends on how much newspaper content ends up behind paywalls.

The other question is whether newspapers would allow the common trick of using Google to get around the WSJ paywall. When you want to read something on WSJ.com that's behind its paywall, all you have to do is copy the headline, plug it into Google and follow Google's link to read the complete article for free. The WSJ allows this loophole so it can grow its readership, and the paper probably hopes some of those free readers will subscribe in the future. Since Google helps to increase WSJ readership, the Google loophole is likely to remain in place and could become a trend at least for News Corp sites. But if that's the case, I wonder whether readers will be willing to fork over subscription fees, or whether the "Googlewashing" technique to keep on getting free content will become a common tactic among online readers.

What do you say? Are you willing to pay for content or is the newspaper industry headed down the wrong path?


Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:01 AM PDT

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