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Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (is offline) Aug 26
"How can we keep access to news & culture open to people? How can we prevent from furthering the ?", asked, and set of a rich, sprawling discussion here: Posting my own $0.02 here too in thread - 1/6
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Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (is offline)
Fundamentally at this stage I think the issue is not paywalls but that many people don't find that news appeals to them (and thus is also not worth paying for) 2/6
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Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (is offline) Aug 26
Replying to @rasmus_kleis
1) Most online news remain free, e.g. almost all digital-born and broadcast legacy, and ~1/3 of newspapers 2) And in fact most people /encounter/ paywalls less than once a week 3) So can’t really be about pay for now 4) Yet social inequality in news use is higher online Why? 3/6
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Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (is offline) Aug 26
Replying to @rasmus_kleis
1) Only 51% feel that news media help them understand the news of the day. 51%! 2) 32% actively avoid news, because it has a negative effect on their mood or they feel powerless 3) And just 42% say they trust it. Most of these 3 more pronounced among less privileged people. 4/6
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Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (is offline) Aug 26
Replying to @annamasera
Risk identify around paywalls is real. But at this stage, fact that people have plenty of access to news, but many don't feel it helps them understand the world, it leaves them depressed, and they don't trust it I would say is a bigger driver of info inequality 5/6
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Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (is offline) Aug 26
Underlying research a) free/pay () b) social inequality in news consumption () c) data on people encountering paywalls & attitudes towards news ( ) 6/6
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