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Written By : Richard SchwartzCategory : 3. Everything
Location : Nashua, NH

The New York Times initiated their premium TimesSelect this morning. I've been an on-line only subscriber for years. I couldn't even get home delivery when I first started getting daily emails. I'm not sure about that now. It might be possible., but I've been getting RSS feeds instead.. But now some of the best content, the opinion pieces by the likes of Tom Friedman. David Brooks, and Paul Krugman, none of whom I fully agree with most of the time, but all of whom I enjoy reading, aren't available by RSS unless you pay $50/year for TimesSelect. It's free if you are a dead tree subscriber, but even if that is available here these days, I don't want it. I've cut my Boston Globe subscription down to Sunday only, but with the local Nashua paper coming in I have too much paper coming into the house as it is. I don't want more.

I haven't made up my mind whether I'm going to bite the bullet and pay for TimesSelect. The main things I get from the Times that I don't get elsewhere are the opinion pieces and decent reporting about the Yankees. Then again, has RSS feeds now, so the latter problem is solved.

At first I was thinking no way, I'm not paying just for the editorial page content. But then I saw a particular article in today's feed. It's part of the content that is still free, but a paper that gives away an article called Almost Before We Spoke, We Swore is probably worth $50/year for the premium content!. :-)

Here's an excerpt:

By raising the fines that would be levied against offending broadcasters some fifteenfold, to a fee of about $500,000 per crudity broadcast, and by threatening to revoke the licenses of repeat polluters, the Senate seeks to return to the public square the gentler tenor of yesteryear, when seldom were heard any scurrilous words, and famous guys were not foul mouthed all day.

Yet researchers who study the evolution of language and the psychology of swearing say that they have no idea what mystic model of linguistic gentility the critics might have in mind. Cursing, they say, is a human universal. Every language, dialect or patois ever studied, living or dead, spoken by millions or by a small tribe, turns out to have its share of forbidden speech, some variant on comedian George Carlin's famous list of the seven dirty words that are not supposed to be uttered on radio or television.

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1. Bruce Perry09/20/2005 12:25:42 AM

This trick may work for a while.

I just tested it and read the latest Krugman column

2. Tim Brown09/20/2005 10:05:07 AM

Catchy title for this blog entry, Rich. Of course, those of us more right-wing than yourself have referred to The Times like that for a while now. :)

3. Rock09/20/2005 03:17:18 PM

Penn & Teller did a show about this on their AWESOME series "Bullshit!". They discussed that words like "humbug", which is tame now, used to be considered very nasty "back in the day". But our lexicon evolves, and many of the curse words used today will be common in the future. I know I have even seen it now with some words - "bitch" can be said anywhere now on the airwaves, while the word "crap" has become completely common.

I despise laws that attempt to impose someone else's ideas of morality on me (that whole Libertarian thing ) - and this is definitely right up there.


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