David Card wants to start a pool on how long it takes before the N.Y. Times takes down its imminent subscription-only barriers for columnists Rich, Dowd, Krugman, etc. As Card implies, removing said columnists from the blog-o-sphere opinionating pool, which is what making them for-pay only will do, is almost certainly the wrong move.
… shall we start the countdown for how long this lasts till the Timesmen (and women) demand to be set free so they can continue to participate in the online blogger-commentariat fray? Or perhaps an office pool is in order?
If you want to have an influence in opionioneering you have to be in the fray, and cutting a columnist’s readershuip by 80% is not the way to do it.