Yes, you’re right, and this is why I avoided use of the term “paywall.” In general I think we have failed to innovate around the idea of membership (which should be framed in terms of supporting something good) vs. “subscriptions” which imply a transactional relationship. Plenty of room for imaginative approaches here, and it can be informed at least as much by Patreon as by public radio models.

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