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Nov 3, 2011

Elsewhere – Hitching Hitchens to the down under paywall …

Hitching Hitchens to the down under paywall ...

Hitching Hitchens to the down under paywall …

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Oh noes, the paywall of doom has locked Christopher Hitchens behind its vast emphatic paywall.

Hang on, hang on, what’s this at Slate, under the header The New Libya’s First Mistake, published on Friday October 21st 2011, and beginning:

Surrendering to a feeling of deep impotence and slight absurdity, I borrowed an iPad on Thursday afternoon and used it to send my first-ever message by this means.

To impose a charge for borrowed meat is careless.

To charge for borrowed meat that’s been hanging in the cold storage for ten days or more is beyond careless …

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27 thoughts on “Elsewhere – Hitching Hitchens to the down under paywall …

  1. Aliar Jones

    [Can’t say I subscribe to The Oz, there Wrench, but I’m sure even those who do wouldn’t lack the nous to be so silly as to presume what a person does and doesn’t read.]

    We’ll just have to take it as an extraordinary coincidence that your every comment sounds like it’s precisely right out of their shrieking rightard songbook.

    Maybe its a case of cows eating the same grass..same end product though.

    And no, I don’t mean milk.

  2. Fran Barlow

    [to claim his writings are somehow suspect as a result is about the most ludicrous claim I’ve seen here…and I’m including some of Captain Col’s comments in that…]

    What about those of “BrisbaneMFP/Kristen” or “JamesK”? They take some beating in the Ludicrous Stakes, surely? {/Melbourne Spring Carnival Horse Racing allusion}

  3. Aldaron

    [Why would anyone want to read the writings of a self-confessed alcoholic?]

    Who said he’s a “self-confessed alcoholic”? Last I checked, Hitchens claims to drink a scotch and a couple of glasses of wine around lunch time, and never drink at night.

    Someone who doesn’t have a maladaptive lifestyle on 3 drinks a day can hardly be labelled an alcoholic.

    Even if he was, to claim his writings are somehow suspect as a result is about the most ludicrous claim I’ve seen here…and I’m including some of Captain Col’s comments in that…

  4. monkeywrench

    …but one republication of a celebrity columnist’s reflections on a recent historical event does not a paper breaketh.

    You’re right. You need shithouse Right-wing Australian management to achieve that. They’re doing it in spades.

  5. Howard,B.

    Can’t say I subscribe to The Oz, there Wrench, but I’m sure even those who do wouldn’t lack the nous to be so silly as to presume what a person does and doesn’t read. If The Oz’s opinion section was indeed wall-to-wall republications, you might have a point regarding its value for money, but one republication of a celebrity columnist’s reflections on a recent historical event does not a paper breaketh.

  6. Mercurial

    Obviously you thought it was worth the effort.

  7. monkeywrench

    …and look to spending their lives trawling the internet just to read the original of a syndicated opinion piece…

    This statement is not as ludicrous as it first seems. Most people willing to pay stupid dollars to The Australian to be fed someone else’s dog’s breakfast haven’t got the nous to find these things without a lifelong search….you included.

  8. returnedman

    Henry Lawson was also an alcoholic.

    A friend of mine had a grandmother who was neighbours with HL at Milson’s Point when she was a little girl. Apparently her mother warned her to stay away from him.

  9. EKDV

    @calyptorhynchus

    You’ve selected a rather arbitrary category for deciding who is worth reading and who is not. Do authors need to pass a urine test before you’ll decide if they’re worth reading?

  10. liliwyt

    Calyptorhynchus, RobJ & EKDV – Henry Lawson was also an alcoholic.

    The literary merits of any author is subjective – my objection was about the apparent criticism of someone based on a personal characteristic, such as an addiction.

  11. Mercurial

    mw,
    I don’t think you can argue with H,B’s twisted logic, can you? Not that you are not capable of it, it just ain’t worth the effort.

  12. calyptorhynchus

    RobJ

    Edgar Alan Poe?

    Dylan Thomas?

    Neither are very good writers.

    EKDV

    Of the 15 writers on that list none are very good except William Faulkner, who kept strictly sober whilst writing. There are also some fairly major errors on that page, James Joyce, for example, did not live for many years in Dublin!

    And yes, I do read a great deal.

  13. EKDV

    Why would anyone want to read the writings of a self-confessed alcoholic?

    So you don’t read much, do you?

    http://listverse.com/2008/01/22/top-15-great-alcoholic-writers/

  14. Howard,B.

    Well, your ’eminance’, perhaps they will throw in the subscription, quit their day jobs and look to spending their lives trawling the internet just to read the original of a syndicated opinion piece which, given its recent and historic subject matter, could be read tommorrow and still be relevant to the general reader.

  15. monkeywrench

    I wonder, Howard, how many of The Awful’s readers will want to subscribe when the free offer ends, knowing that they are likely to be fed last week’s Tip-Top? Despite your blandishments, I can’t see many people being happy that they are being charged for other people’s free reads. My analogy seems eminantly suitable.

  16. RobJ

    [Why would anyone want to read the writings of a self-confessed alcoholic?]

    Edgar Alan Poe?

    Dylan Thomas?

  17. Howard,B.

    Monkeywrench, I would understand your point if say this was a republication of, say, some commentary about the demise of the Ceausescus originally published in 1989, but the events in question are relatively recent and Mr Hitchens, who I’m sure would be delighted to hear of his work described as a ‘stale sandwich’, is widely read on such matters. Now, for those who don’t read Slate, who I’m sure would be equally thrilled to hear themselves described as a ‘bin behind a hotel’, or any other of the many original sources of such opinion pieces, republication is how they would come across such works to begin with. Not eveyone will spend their days trawling the internet for the original publication.
    As long as The Australian stated where it originally came from, I really do not see what the issue is.

  18. liliwyt

    Calyptorhynchus @9 – as opposed to the writings of an alcoholic in denial?

  19. calyptorhynchus

    Why would anyone want to read the writings of a self-confessed alcoholic?

  20. monkeywrench

    Howard, I don’t see much value in trying to split hairs over the correct terminology for what amounts to picking up a stale sandwich from the bin behind a hotel and making your customers pay for it as fresh.

  21. RobJ

    Aaaaah, Cheers confessions, handy, except I don’t, I don’t care if I never read the Australian again, 😀 <—- smiley face

  22. confessions

    RobJ:

    If you want to get around the paywall, simply copy and paste the article title into Google. The first link returned will let you in.

  23. Tomus Barava

    RobJ @ 4

    It will only work from the Google page and then it will only work about 4 times (from what I’ve heard). Then you need to send the cookie monster in to clean out the cookie jar.

    More a failwall than a paywall.

  24. RobJ

    Yeah the link is bust for me too, however google ‘Gaddafi Hitchens Australian’ and the very first hit lets me straight in….

  25. RobJ

    It’s odd that they’ve put something behind a paywall that can be read for free elsewhere:

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/fighting_words/2011/10/muammar_qaddafi_should_not_have_been_killed_but_sent_to_stand_tr.html

    Then again one might be to be stupid to pay to read the Australian online. 😉

    Bloomin ‘eck, I just did a Google on ‘Gaddafi Hitchens Australian’ clicked the top link and went straight through the paywall for free.

    See if this link works for you:

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/muammar-gaddafi-worth-more-to-the-world-alive/story-e6frg6ux-1226181876370

  26. Howard,B.

    Would The Australian have had to pay Slate or Hitchins for the right to re-publish the piece? If so, would that make it something other than ‘borrowed’?

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