Roll Call doesn’t want my eyeballs

I confess I have never before read Roll Call or been to their website. I don’t live or work in DC so for me, this kind of information isn’t essential.

This tweet caught my attention however: It promised something both political and funny, an irresistible combination. Having clicked on it though, I was rudely awakened to the fact that I wouldn’t get to see the content the tweet advertised unless I was willing to pony up a fairly sizable chunk of change.

Looking at the bottom of Roll Call’s homepage, I found out that they’re owned by these folks: Thus, the question of why they charge so damn much for access to their content becomes even more pressing. Does anyone know the answer?


  1. Anonymous May 5, 2010

    They don’t want you because you don’t have the ability to pay. Roll Call is in the information provision business – information that is vital to the success of many industries and interests. They know the value of their information and so they charge for it. I can only dream of providing information so valuable. Don’t you?

  2. Anna Tarkov May 5, 2010

    I completely understand that. But what about the stuff on there that doesn’t have tremendous value? Like the tweet I referred to for instance. Isn’t it possible for them to segment their content the way, say, Rich Miller does with the Capitol Fax?

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