Pre-web, I read the NY Times every day. It was the bulletin of the ruling class, promoting war, the state, and cultural degradation, and smearing its opponents. With the web, I lost interest, though it was then free, and so far as I was concerned, it disappeared. While that happy fate did not befall it, as its ad revenues dried up, it became less and less influential. That meant less evil in the world. But the other day I tried to read a NYT political story, and was told that I could subscribe, for smartphone, $195 a year, or for iPad and web, $260 a year. Or I could get a “complete digital subscription” for just $455 a year. I was delighted to see these crazy prices. I can’t wait: the NYT, never RIP, but DOA.