I like to be informed about my community, so I have appreciated being able to hop online at any time to check out mountainx.com, citizen-times.com and the Asheville FM News Hour and Little Shop of Attitude show [“To Air is Human,” April 4 Xpress].
Having said that, now I think its finally time to boycott the Citizen-Times. It really irks me that the Citizen-Times online has silenced my voice by not allowing me to comment just because I don't participate in Facebook. I should not have to participate in a for-profit advertising tool just to comment on local news.
But the final straw for me is that now, not only does the Citizen-Times block you from commenting, but they block you from navigating their website if you do not fill out a quick profiling survey or log in so they can track your interest based on your profile. This, as stated in the link titled "Why are we asking you for this?" is for the sole purpose of selling advertising. Interestingly this only happens on my main computer, and not when I use a computer that does not regularly visit the site. While I respect the right of a for-profit agency to have advertisements on their website, I do not approve of the press putting profit before duty. It is in the interest of the people that local news is always accessible.
I recognize the Citizen-Times and Gannett (the parent corporation) have the right to make money, but I will be keeping my money where my heart is, and that is in my community. I [am happy] that Asheville Free Media reached its Kickstarter fundraising goal.
— Matthew Burd