August 31, 2018
With the decline of digital display advertising and the rising importance of consumer revenue to publishers, the dreaded paywall message is an increasingly common sight for users, as ever more publishers join the bandwagon and begin tightening their meters.
But what happens when everybody has a paywall? What are the implications for the open web, and for democracy? And how might the WordPress community help content creators get paid without needing to wall off their stuff from the world?