Paywall information gap, Subscription technology ownership

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A journalism ethics professor helps us better understand how paywalls for quality online news can create an information gap between those who can and can’t afford it. Then, we talk to a consumer advocate about more consumer goods are requiring subscriptions.

Featured in this Show

  • The information gap created by journalism paywalls

    Some news outlets have paywalls on their online stories to generate enough revenue to pay their journalists, but this can create an information ecosystem where the only people who have access to quality reporting are those who can afford it. A journalism ethics professor joins us to explore how media companies can balance their competing interests of generating revenue and informing the public.

  • You don't buy technology, you rent it

    From phones to farm equipment and coffee makers to cars, a growing number of consumer goods require ongoing subscriptions to work or limit the ability to get repairs. A consumer advocate says we’re witnessing the death of ownership–and it’s costing us money.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Lorin Cox Producer
  • Rob Ferrett Producer
  • Kathleen Bartzen Culver Guest
  • Nathan Proctor Guest

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