I have two subscriptions to newspapers – the Press and the Sunday Star Times. They are not always satisfactory, and often I have already seen stories printed in them. But, well but, I still enjoy having my breakfast at the table with the newspaper in front of me. While there is a cost to this, it is still just about affordable for me, and one of life’s simple pleasures.
Today, though, this all changed. I have received TWO emails from Stuff asking me to contribute money to help them do their journalism. Well, I hate to say it, but I already contribute over $700 per year towards the Stuff journalism, and my newspapers have shrunk, the quality has diminished in most cases and the ‘opinions’ are now usually from old blokes who work for Stuff, not worth the paper they are written on (except Alison Mau on Sundays, long live her).
But I have shown some loyalty in the face of all this. Until today, I was happy with my decision. But now, happy I am not. I have warned Stuff that if I receive any more suggestions that I pay more for my access to their news services, I will give up the subscriptions I have. Yes, you could say I am miffed. But with a little care, they could easily have excluded current subscribers from these emails.
I am awaiting my apologies from email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grumpy? Me? Surely not!
Dr Liz Gordon is a researcher and a barrister, with interests in destroying neo-liberalism in all its forms and moving towards a socially just society. She usually blogs on justice, social welfare and education topics.