Posted by @ 4:55 pm on October 24th, 2011

let me pay for premium online content.

i tried to get a digital-only subscription to the new yorker. but it doesn’t exist. i want it in my car service when i leave my advertising agency at 10:30 pm. i am always busy. i need speed and i desire information. i want to have access to that content in a fluid way.

i would pay 100 dollars a year for a digital subscription to the new yorker. 30 dollars more than the physical paper subscription price.

i want to read a digital version of vanity fair on my phone and not have to throw away a physical magazine. when i am in the hamptons, i want this very much.

let me pay.

i don’t read the ny times but i might get a digital subscription just to prove this point. it costs 180 dollars/year for the site and an iphone app. i could also get the WSJ (which i do read). it’s only 120 for the same digital content model. more interesting than the times, but less fun than the new yorker, probably.

vanity fair would be nice, as i have said (the print version is only $20/year, and i would pay three times that for a digital version with archive access) – alas they only offer ipad digital, not iphone digital. i guess advertisers are worried about the small screen format? fair enough.

how much does it cost to get digital-only on demand HBO?

obviously, such a thing does not exist. such a thing would be the death of a certain era of media control and distribution. such a thing would be hugely profitable and make hbo the leaders in all of hi-end content production and consumption, not just the categories of drama, comedy, and adult content. a vice-hbo partnership could literally destroy the current media model. With a subscription price of say… 25.00 dollars a month.

this is a case of the market wanting something very badly, and not getting it. it is a case of corrupted capital, an instance of freedom and desire being thwarted by control and incompetence. adam smith’s invisible hand – jacking itself off and then taking a nap.

let’s cut the shit. let’s live better, with less wasted time and wasted resources. how we consume content is saying something about how we do everything else.

ok this has been my first html giant ‘the written commodity’ column, i guess.



at my massive wooden desk in midtown manhattan

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Erik Stinson is the author of AND THEN I DISAPPEARED AGAIN and FUTURISM, among other books. He has written poetry, articles and essays for THOUGHT CATALOG, POOL and THE ATLANTIC. He edits the men’s magazine SENSE EUROPA. Erik serves the free market as a copywriter at an ad agency in New York City, where he lives alone.

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