When a newspaper decides to try charging money for its ‘content’, people complain that it has ‘put up’ a ‘paywall’. The web is thus pictured as a free-roaming Eden where we should be able to go anywhere we like, and where nasty ‘walls’ have no place. But does anyone complain about having to pass through a ‘paygate’ to take groceries out of a supermarket?

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