One of the BEST & BRIGHTEST TKC READERS notices a trend that confronts the local discourse . . .
Most Kansas City Star editorial content is hidden behind a paywall. Accordingly, bold messages intended to influence the masses are largely unread.
To be fair, most people on social media never read ANYTHING so a catchy headline and a nice picture is good enough for most plebs to start their trolling and garner social media likes & shares.
However, some argue over the negative impact on the discourse now that a "walled garden" pretends to be the municipal paper-of-record . . .
"The creation of the internet's paid layer may never crowd out free alternatives, but it threatens to leave society with even fewer shared reference points."
That's actually a hopeful analysis . . .
More likely, the public will ignore pricey screeds as the influence of the news paper continues to decline.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news link . . .
Media that were once free or easily accessible - including news websites, podcasts, TV shows and games - rushed to get behind paywalls during the pandemic. Why it matters: This accelerating trend is carving the internet into many niche audiences, Balkanizing our collective media diets.
You decide . . .