- Take an arbitrary article as an example: https://medium.com/popular-science/twitter-is-killing-its-te...
- Extract the article id 58d900b2ac8.
- Hit the url medium.com/p/58d900b2ac8/notes which returns a JSON-ish object.
- Find the webCanonicalUrl. In our case it looks like "webCanonicalUrl":"https://www.popsci.com/twitter-mac-app-dead-applications-rep...
- Go to that instead.
Edit: Medium appears to have caused webCanonicalURL to always be empty in response to this.
As with HN, his G+ threads to such articles tend to be dominated by discussion of the paywall rather than the article. The evidence is convincing that information generally ought to be a public good and be provided (and paid for) as same. See in particular Joseph Stiglitz on this:
*Today we recognize that knowledge is not only a public good but also a global or international public good. We have also come to recognize that knowledge is central to successful development. The international community, through institutions like the World Bank, has a collective responsibility for the creation and dissemination of one global public good—knowledge for development.
Though I could cite you any number of other experts on this -- Pamela Samuelson, copyright law specialist, comes to mind: "Copyright has become the single most serious impediment to access to knowledge."
IMHO, if you don’t want a paywall, you either pay for the product or leave the website.
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