David Cohn: It's about time we had something like Google's survey alternative to paywalls

"I hope upon hopes that this is a concept whose time has come. Especially in light of the real 'year of the paywall.'

"What IS a paywall? In essence it makes content valuable by creating scarcity. While good for the bottom line – this is bad for [the] essence of journalism. It says 'this information is valuable and if you pay you’ll know something that other people won’t.' The higher purpose of journalism is to create an informed democratic society. Not to create a  subset of society who can afford to be informed."