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"Paywall: The business of scholarship" - a free-to-stream movie "exposing a scandal"

Discussion in 'Health News and Research unrelated to ME/CFS' started by Sasha, Nov 11, 2018.

  1. Sasha

    Sasha Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Just read about this movie in a praise-showering review in New Scientist mag, and it does sound really good:

    Movie review Paywall: The business of scholarship – exposing a scandal

    Expect to feel righteous anger and astonishment as the film Paywall exposes the dull-sounding science journal industry, hard at work pocketing your tax money

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    Paywall shows how publicly funded research is turned into private profit
    paywallthemovie.com

    Paywall: The business of scholarship, directed by Jason Schmitt, can be viewed at paywallthemovie.com

    TWO minutes into this riveting documentary, there’s a moment of cinematic genius. Just as the story is getting into its stride, THUD – down comes a paywall and a voice says: “We are sorry, you do not have the credentials to access this documentary. Please see payment options below.”

    You’re going to have to shell out $39.95 to keep watching. Of course, you don’t. The paywall is fake and, after a few agonising seconds, the film rolls on. But its impact …

    https://www.newscientist.com/articl...e-business-of-scholarship-exposing-a-scandal/

    The rest of the review is paywalled, but under the circs, that seems fair enough. :)
     
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    ladycatlover Moderator Staff Member

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    Oooo, going to watch that! Have sub to New Scientist so am able to tell you...

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    ladycatlover Moderator Staff Member

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    Just watched the film. Interesting, though I did feel that it could have been edited better - prob to about half the length. If any of you just want to catch the stuff about Sci-Hub it starts just before the 55 minute mark.

    Basically it was too long for the amount of info in my view. At least for "ordinary" people. Suspect the whole thing would be absolutely riveting for University Librarians! :rofl:
     

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