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Open Access – Reflection

Prior to studying the topic of open access for this module, I was largely in favour of open access. Having studied the arguments around the issue I find myself more firmly believing open access is an essential part of the online world. Arguments expressed in this video particularly grew my belief in open access, particularly those about education and research.

(Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD Comics), 2012)

In my first comment on this topic on Carolina’s blog I disputed the prediction that 90% of content would be behind a paywall in 3 years (Lepitak, 2013). I believe that there is a genuine trade off to be considered by firms who wish to put their content behind paywalls. This is because while it could boost short-term revenues, it is likely to lead to a fall in readership over the long-term and therefore restrict the potential for future profits to be made.

Firm's perspective

(Image made by me using Adobe Photoshop, 2017)

The comment on Carolina’s blog is similar in nature to the problems mentioned in my comment on Alexander’s blog. In his post he also argues for open access to information due to the effects on the knowledge economy, which was another argument which built on my belief in open access. In my comment I questioned the sustainability of open access and in a reply he argued that it would be sustainable in certain fields, such as with academic journals, but not others such as the news. I would argue to the contrary as I believe those who are sufficiently interested in the creation of a certain type of content will support it via voluntary payments.

In conclusion, I believe that open access is essential, needs protecting online and is sustainable through systems of voluntary payment such as through Patreon. A prime example of this is shown in my initial post, through the video explaining how “Crash Course” works.

(Crash Course, 2015)




Crash Course, 2015. Crash Course Introduction (Patreon), Available From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tC3zgzi5zTw – Last Accessed 14/05/2017

Lepitak (2013), “90% of online content is expected to be behind paywalls in the next three years media company survey suggests”, Available From http://www.thedrum.com/news/2013/04/12/90-online-content-be-held-behind-paywalls-three-years-media-company-survey-suggests – Last accessed 14/05/2017

Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD Comics), 2012. Open Access Explained!, Available From https://youtu.be/L5rVH1KGBCY?t=2m29s – Last Accessed 14/05/2017


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