Dave Winer: 1, NYT: 0

The first thought that came into my head after hearing The New York Times will be adding paid subscription walls to their content was that Dave Winer just totally sealed the win on his bet.

I can’t believe how dumb the NYT is being about this. They shouldn’t be putting up more walls but less. Dan Gillmor wrote about this extensively: if they took down the dumb account requirement and the $3.95 archives and instead opened up the 100+ years of archives to google and the rest of the web, I’m certain the advertising rewards from such an endeavor would outstrip any of these subscription ideas.