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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

the paywall is gone

You may have noticed: no more pageview counters, no more signing in.

I had been unhappy with TinyPass (newly rechristened Piano), the company that had been running the paywall, for quite a while: the experience for both users and publishers (like me) left a lot to be desired. And then when they notified me recently that they were raising their fees quite significantly, well, that was the proverbial straw. I wasn’t going to give them an even bigger chunk of your subscription payments for such annoying service.

So the paywall is gone. I believe I have contacted everyone who had a current, active subscription through TinyPass/Piano to let you all know that I had cancelled your subs, and to offer a refund to anyone who wanted it. (I’m very gratified to say that so far, everyone who has responded has not requested that refund. Thank you all very much!) I may have missed some subscribers: part of problem with TinyPass/Piano is that their reporting is confusing and incomplete; it’s impossible to get a simple list of all current, active subscriptions. So if you think you do have a current, active subscription and you did not receive an email from me, please get in touch.

I have not contacted the many readers whose subscriptions predate the paywall, subs that are paid for directly via PayPal. I hope I am correct in assuming that since your support was never contingent on getting through the paywall, you will want to continue your subscriptions. Of course, if this is not the case, you are free to cancel at any time. Or, if you would like me to take care of that, feel free to ask.

I won’t call the paywall experiment — which lasted for four years — a failure. Though I did not garner as many subscribers as I had hoped for, I don’t think there is any critic writing anywhere who can say that s/he had hundreds of readers paying directly for her/his work. That’s definitely something I’m very proud of, and I think it’s safe to say that as this site approaches its 20th anniversary in September, I can still call myself a pioneer of film criticism online.

Flick Filosopher is not going anywhere. I remain committed to continuing to write film criticism that isn’t like that which you can get anywhere else online or in print. (I have some new ideas up my sleeve that I will be introducing soon. As always, I welcome your suggestions for how I can make this site better, or for any different sort of coverage you’d like to see. I cannot promise that I will be able to fulfill your requests — this is all already an enormous job for one person to be doing — but I absolutely will consider them.) But I really, really do need the financial support of those who read this site regularly. So I hope that those readers who had been subscribing through TinyPass will renew their support through a one-time donation or subscription payment via PayPal — you’ll see requests to do so around the site now, including below. And I hope that readers who have never supported my work before will consider doing so.

Thank you for your readership and your moolah through the years. It is very much appreciated. I’d love to make it another 20 years. Please help me do so.

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