Here and There ... and Back Again
Brand Selvia

Has 'being there' changed for us?

Posted Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at 10:18 AM
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    >>How necessary are we in going and covering these meetings if they might be broadcast live on YouTube or Facebook anyway? Everyone should know what's going on, right?

    It goes beyond that...

    Based upon my own observation(s), the Banner Graphic has yet to define a set of consistent, transparent, and sensible metrics necessary to determine what constitutes non-paywall content. This is evidenced by the fact that the mixed bag of pandemic pieces you guys have been producing have all been accessibly hit-and-miss by those without subscriptions. Since we're supposedly dealing with an existential threat few have ever known which merits lectures by your coworkers about mask selfishness while said coworkers simultaneously find themselves confounded by the possibility that people exist who prefer their mask-inhibiting liberties not be trampled upon, shouldn't any and all "trying times articles" be 100% accessible by everyone? I think they should, especially if this pandemic derangement we're all suffering through is anything but. Adding to this are the occasional legislation articles that get gated (something everyone should be in the loop of, if not for the sake of staying informed about community developments, then definitely to reduce and or stifle completely any and all political divisiveness we're witnessing in people where our current administration and their initiatives are concerned--the same administration known for accusing outlets like yours of being "fake news"). A personal favorite would be how you guys recently published a piece about, "Implicit bias subject of next Community Conversation." Yes, it's paywalled... If racial equality and or social justice is so important as to merit the blocking of traffic around our town square or ensure privileged looting in cities across the entire country that law enforcement has been ordered time and again to stand down for, then should articles like that one mentioned also not be unrestricted? After all, where's my social justice if I'm a person-of-color being excluded from the community conversation, especially those taking place online? What if I can barely afford a can of pop, let alone, a Banner Graphic subscription? Sounds like financial racism to me... Are you guys racist? I guess black lives don't matter to the Banner Graphic if they're forcing me to subscribe just to have my voice heard.

    But what really rustles my jimmies is when you put obituaries behind paywalls. The moment you directly or passively attempt to profit off lives lost is the moment you get people like me rooting for your financial demise.

    And despite all of this, here we are, reading a blog post about a local towny reporter struggling to reconcile contemporary news mediums and the changes they bring.

    The architects behind these idiotic revenue models should all be fired, especially if that's all they have to contribute to the collective good. They're part of the problem and on a level all their own when it comes to the myopic mentality their designs reflect. Start counting the days you have there, Brand, because I'd be surprised if the Banner Graphic is still around 5 years from now based on things like this. At the very least, I'd bet everything I have that you guys get purchased at some point. The young blood isn't investing in your subscriber base the way you need (especially when they get the same news somewhere else without restrictions). Since the older subscribers will die off sooner than later, you guys will be left footing bills you can't sustain, a phenomena that paywalls do little for while enabling eventual Chapter 11.

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Wed, Aug 5, 2020, at 5:08 PM
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