April 15, 2004
Some of the News That's Fit to Print
As Jen Brock at The Atlanta Desk mentions, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution now requires people who access the paper online to register. I've registered for the New York Times, Washington Post, and 2 or 3 other papers, but what makes this registration annoying is that you are required to list your phone number and address. Obviously they plan to sell this information to telemarketers and junk mail distributors. Initially, I was so annoyed that I refused to register, but then one of my students reminded me, "You know, Chuck, you could just make something up." So I did. I gave them the number of their own advertising department.
In addition to requiring people to subscribe, the AJC has decided to designate most of their sports columnists as "premium" content and to charge an exorbitant fee to read this material online. Now, I don't have to read the sports section, but it would be kind of nice. Consider me annoyed.
Posted by chuck at April 15, 2004 5:42 PM
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"I gave them the number of their own advertising department."
Posted by: George at April 15, 2004 7:53 PM
To be fair, I borrowed (and slightly revised) the idea from Jen of Atlanta Desk. I thought it was pretty funny.
Posted by: chuck at April 16, 2004 2:03 PM