One very bad thing about scientific papers being behind paywalls is that (competing) pseudoscience isn’t behind paywalls, so it’s easier to find misinformation online than to find facts.

@Petzlux This is also why it's terrible for news websites to limit the number of articles people can read for free. Propaganda websites don't do that.

@ben @Petzlux
New York Times: two more articles this month :)
Breitbart: would you like another black crime article, sir?

@BestGirlGrace @ben @Petzlux interesting thought… never heard that argument against journalistic paywalls…

But well… they might say, only put documentaries and not such news articles behind a paywall.

Actually, I am not convinced people really switch from NYT to Breitbart or so (because of that). Likely they just live in their bubble already… 🤔

@rugk @BestGirlGrace @ben @Petzlux I just open a new browser or clear my cookies and change my VPN server then read happily away.


@cryptograbear @BestGirlGrace @ben @Petzlux obviously, yes, but not all people can do this/know this/etc.

@rugk @cryptograbear @BestGirlGrace @Petzlux specifically, the kind of people who would go to a propaganda website are very similar to the set of people who don't know this

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