Hey, this is pretty cool. The New York Times has decided to make its Times Select features available for free to any student or faculty member with a valid college or university e-mail address, and that includes me! Now I can read about Tom Friedman’s trips to Malaysia and chuckle at David Brooks’s oh-so-snarky digs at blue-staters like me (and make fun of them in this very blog)!
In all seriousness, I think this is a pretty good idea in that it will bring additional traffic to the Times columns and, by extension, add value to those columns. I’d almost stopped reading the Times online because of the Times Select feature that blocked much of the newspaper’s content (thanks to Thers, posting on Eschaton, for the news).