One very bad thing about scientific papers being behind paywalls is that (competing) pseudoscience isn’t behind paywalls, so it’s easier to find misinformation online than to find facts.


@Petzlux This is also why it's terrible for news websites to limit the number of articles people can read for free. Propaganda websites don't do that.

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New York Times: two more articles this month :)
Breitbart: would you like another black crime article, sir?

@BestGirlGrace @ben @Petzlux interesting thought… never heard that argument against journalistic paywalls…

But well… they might say, only put documentaries and not such news articles behind a paywall.

Actually, I am not convinced people really switch from NYT to Breitbart or so (because of that). Likely they just live in their bubble already… 🤔

@rugk @BestGirlGrace @ben @Petzlux I just open a new browser or clear my cookies and change my VPN server then read happily away.

@cryptograbear @BestGirlGrace @ben @Petzlux obviously, yes, but not all people can do this/know this/etc.

@rugk @cryptograbear @BestGirlGrace @Petzlux specifically, the kind of people who would go to a propaganda website are very similar to the set of people who don't know this

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"News websites" are also propaganda. You should not believe *anything* you see, hear, or read if it comes from a corporation.

@ben @Petzlux Thank you SO MUCH. I had this same rant on Twitter DOT comb. News media is run in favor of accruing capital and advancing the interest of capital. Shithead reactionary media like Br**tb*rt know how to make social capital they accrue from chuds fungible into monetary capital. Regular news media sites that report the news (though if we're honest, not always very well) also have to serve capital but their content can't be too severe or it alienates everyone. They choose to pay a subscription.

So now we have a selfish payment system where you buy your own access and then can't do shit with that. The info could be spread better with a pay-it-forward model.

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