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The survey is closed, but if you’re here and simply must check off boxes and fill out forms, be our guest—the survey is below. Otherwise, enjoy checking out the results.

THE RESULTS

Before we get to the specific advertiser types, I thought it was important to point out two points of data that shocked me. What were almost afterthoughts were two questions that I hoped would help describe people’s attitudes about their own responsibility for supporting their local news sources. The answers were deeply, deeply troubling.

Are you concerned about the decrease in local news reporting locally and nationally?

Yes: 85%,     No: 3%,     Didn’t know a there was a decline: 11%

Are you currently paying for a subscription or membership with a local news source?

No: 85%,     Yes: 14%

These figures show that  a tremendous number of people want more local news coverage, but almost nobody wants to pay for it. And while 75% of respondents said that they thought that people should pay for a Greylock Glass membership (see below), not one person has coughed up a dime since the survey was launched. And since I know exactly how many paying members the Greylock Glass has, that’s a lot of folks who don’t put their money where their mouths are.

My guess is that people assume that somebody else is paying for it. That they’ll get around to pitching in one day, just not right now. It’s funny—no one thinks you can just pour yourself a mug of beer at the pub and pay for it when you feel like it, or maybe never. As delightful as beer is, it doesn’t do for the individual and society what a free and independent press does. It depresses me that when publishers put content behind  paywalls, all of a sudden people whip out their wallets and come up with the paltry sums required to access the articles or podcasts or videos or whatnot. But maybe that’s where the Greylock Glass is headed. Shame, too, since just a fraction of the audience who can afford $5 a month, or even $1 a month could have kept it free for those who legitimately can afford it.

The ADVERTISERS

What kind of a reaction would respondents have if their news source displayed ads from:

Gun Shops

Negative: 44%,     No Reaction: 52%,     Positve: .04%

Tobacco/Vape

Negative: 33%,     No Reaction: 59%,     Positve .07%

Cannabis

Negative: .04%,     No Reaction: 74%,     Positve: 22%

Liquor

Negative: .04%,     No Reaction: 93%     Positve: .04%

Adult Entertainment (Strip) Clubs

Negative: 55%,      No Reaction: 44%,     Positve: 0%

Adult Gift Shops

Negative: 33%       No Reaction: 67%

Political Candidates/Parties

Negative: 52%,      No Reaction: 48%

FAIR PRICE FOR THE GREYLOCK GLASS

Asked what people thought a fair monthly membership price would be for full access to the Greylock Glass, 40% didn’t respond (they probably thought I could track them down—I can’t). But of the people who DID respond:

13%   —   $10
44%   —   $5
18%   —   $1
25%   —   $0.00 (And yet, you keep consuming our content…🤔)

I think it’s so frigging awesome that a full 75% of you think that we deserve to get paid for our efforts! What sucks? Almost none of you are. The coin I earn, I earn as a freelance editor/project manager in other sectors of publishing. Don’t get me wrong, I am so incredibly grateful that I have clients who value my time and skills—I’m spending this weekend working on a project for my favorite one, in fact. But I’d rather be working for you. These numbers explain the situation pretty well, though, don’t they? You have the power to change that.
Become a supporting member right now.

TAKE THE SURVEY!

The Greylock Glass is poised for amazing growth, and needs to determine where the money is going to come from to make that happen. This survey is designed to gather community opinion about supporting news coverage with advertising from certain business types. Thanks for your honest answers!

NOTE: All questions are optional, and you do not have to provide your name or e-mail.

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Knight Endorses Caccaviello

Judith Knight announces her endorsement for former Democratic candidate for District Attorney Paul Caccaviello.
Judith Knight announced her endorsement for former Democratic, turned independent, candidate for District Attorney Paul Caccaviello on the steps of the Berkshire County Court House October 16; photo courtesy Josh Landes via Twitter—@JoshLandesWAMC. courtesy Twitter:

Judith Knight endorsed Paul Caccaviello’s write in campaign for Berkshire County District Attorney on Tuesday. WAMC’s Josh Landes broke the story on Twitter.

Judith Knight announces her endorsement for former Democratic candidate for District Attorney Paul Caccaviello.
Judith Knight announced her endorsement for former Democratic, turned independent, candidate for District Attorney Paul Caccaviello on the steps of the Berkshire County Court House October 16; photo courtesy Josh Landes, Berkshire Bureau Chief for WAMC Radio, via Twitter — @JoshLandesWAMC.

Knight, who ran against incumbent DA Caccaviello and Andrea Harrington in the Democratic primary — Harrington won — said she would be taking a position as the overseer, and thus far sole member, of a newly formed citizen’s advisory board to the DA. 

Tuesday’s announcement — the full video is below via 95.9 — came with sharp criticism of Harrington by Knight, who referred to the Democratic nominee as vindictive and corrupt.

Video courtesy Live 95.9 WBEC FM, via YouTube.com

It’s the latest in a string of dramatic political moments in the campaign, which began when former DA David Capeless orchestrated a handover of the office to Caccaviello, Capeless’s preferred successor. Capeless worked with Governor Charlie Baker to ensure the power transfer went over smoothly, but in a stunning turn of events Harrington edged out Caccaviello on September 4 in the primary (Knight was a distant third). Caccaviello’s subsequent decision to run a write in campaign has earned him both criticism and support in the community.

Three weeks to go… 

Eoin Higgins
Eoin Higgins

Eoin Higgins is a writer and historian from western Massachusetts.

More of our coverage of the race for Berkshire County District Attorney:

Berkshire DA handling of sexual assault evidence under fire

DA response to controversy over 2016 sexual assault case raises more questions

Letter: Experience building relationships key reason to vote Harrington for DA

The Greylock Glass Welcomes Eoin Higgins.

Hello everyone, my name is Eoin Higgins. I’m a writer and historian based in the Berkshires whose work regularly appears in outlets across the country. 

I’m excited about taking this step forward for local journalism in our region!

Eoin Higgins
Eoin Higgins

Eoin Higgins is a writer and historian from western Massachusetts.

TLC #63 Bonus — INTERVIEW: Candidate for Lt. Gov. Quentin Palfrey

This premium content accompanies Top Left Corner #63.

Quentin Palfrey

Bonus full-length interview available to Zinger members and up. FREE to ALL this week!
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Candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Quentin Palfrey; image courtesy quentinpalfrey.com
Candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Quentin Palfrey; image courtesy quentinpalfrey.com.

TLC #63 Bonus — INTERVIEW: Chris Wondoloski, author of The Hoosac Tunnel Murders

This premium content accompanies Top Left Corner #63.

Chris Wondoloski, The Hoosac Tunnel Murders

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Author Chris Wondoloski, author of The Hoosac Tunnel Murders; submitted photo.
Author Chris Wondoloski, author of The Hoosac Tunnel Murders; submitted photo.

 

There is absolutely nothing in my background to suggest I’d end up writing historical mysteries and other reminiscences … or anything else, for that matter. Possessor of degrees both bachelor’s, master’s and then some. Purveyor of information unheard of and uncared about by ninety-nine percent of the population. For thirty-five years my mind reveled in the “if, then, therefore” world of science by day, and dreamed only at night and only to maintain my sanity. But somehow, here I am. The imagination of childhood that had been lost to career-hood, reemerged with retire-hood. And I found myself reborn and living in a fantasy world of my own creation. Life is good.

 

Click the image to use our Amazon associate link to pick up your copy of The Hoosac Tunnel Murders.
Click the image to use our Amazon associate link to pick up your copy of The Hoosac Tunnel Murders.

INDIEcent Exposure #31: Halie Loren — From the Wild Sky

Welcome brothers and sisters, to Episode #31 of INDIEcent Exposure, in which we share new music from, and our conversation with, Halie Loren, who’s just released a solo effort, “From the Wild Sky.” As if that weren’t enough, we also feature tunes from Mikalyn Hay, Paper City Exile, The Slang, He Is Me, Onism EV, CATFOX, Bryan Deister, and Parsonsfield.

* See note on info sources at bottom.

The long-awaited solo project from Halie Loren, "From the Wild Sky," dropped at the end of April. Our obsession with these eleven tracks shows no sign of letting up; photo by Sally Sheldon.
The long-awaited solo project from Halie Loren, “From the Wild Sky,” dropped at the end of April. Our obsession with these eleven tracks shows no sign of letting up; photo by Sally Sheldon.

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#CureForTheBlues Contest

Looking to score some highly coveted tix to Misty Blues, 9/28 at Jiminy? We’ve got you covered.

Misty Blues play Jiminy Peak September 28, 2018

Hit the “Send Voicemail” tab at the right-hand edge of this (or any) page. Leave me a message (up to three minutes), right with you’re computers microphone (depending on your settings, you may have to grant permission to SpeakPipe), sharing what YOU do to Give the Blues the Boot! This contest is open to the first 150 callers and ends September 7. Winner will be announced in this newsletter September 8.

I just prepaid 450 minutes worth of voicemail for this contest, and I want you to BURN. THEM. UP. trying to grab these tickets! If, for some reason, the recording from your computer thing doesn’t work, you can also submit your entry by leaving a message on our office voicemail: (413) 776-5125. If leaving a voice message just isn’t an option for you at all, send an e-mail to editor@greylockglass.com with your Cure for the Blues in 250 words or less.

Have fun! Be creative! Nothing is off-limits! Note that ANY and ALL responses will be shared with our audience on future shows, on the website, and in future newsletters. Good luck!

* One thing though — these are physical tickets, so you will have to provide us with an actual physical mailing address to send them!

Why Support the Greylock Glass?

People hate ads. People hate paying for news. People hate beggy websites. All three axioms can’t exist simultaneously in the same universe as a healthy free and independent press…

 

We are one of the area’s only independent news outlets. And we really need your help.

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We’ve published hundreds of episodes, articles, and essays. People have downloaded thousands and thousands of hours worth of our podcasts. We have featured award-winning writers, directors, writers, and more. We talk with business and political leaders.

We listen, and are loyal, to you.

It would take so little from each person who reads or listens to our stories. So very little. People have enjoyed over 30,000 hours of our audio. I’d be happy if people just kicked in a buck or two for every hour they listened to.

 

So please, contribute* what you can right now through PayPal:

or give a little bit per month via Patreon.com

*The Greylock Glass is NOT a non-profit organization, and your contributions are NOT tax-deductible. We’re just broke is all.

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Cryptocurrency Markets

What is cryptocurrency?

(from Wikipedia)
A cryptocurrency (or crypto currency) is a digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange using cryptography to secure the transactions and to control the creation of additional units of the currency. Cryptocurrencies are classified as a subset of digital currencies and are also classified as a subset of alternative currencies and virtual currencies.

 

 

Additional Resources

Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference.

CoinDesk describes itself as “the world leader in news and information on digital currencies such as bitcoin, and its underlying technology – the blockchain.” It is an excellent starting point to understanding what the hell everyone’s talking about.

CRIX: Crix.io is an innovative cryptocurrency platform offering fast and secure trading in bitcoin and a host of alternative digital currencies. Along with bitcoin, Crix.io customers can trade in litecoin, dash, dogecoin, namecoin, peercoin, and nextcoin, with more digital currencies to be added soon.

Bitstamp: Cryptocurrency trading platform

Berkshire Business Outlook, Episode 1 — Ken Kuttner on This Week’s Stock Market Jitters

Ken Kuttner, Chair of the Department of Economics
at Williams College, provides some perspective on world markets and China’s scramble to stay solvent.

Floor of the New York Stock Exchange, cropped; photo by Kevin Hutchinson; CC BY 2.0
Floor of the New York Stock Exchange, cropped; photo by Kevin Hutchinson; CC BY 2.0

The Berkshire Business Outlook Caught up with Ken Kuttner after a couple days of chasing him around Asia. We caught up with him in Queensland, Australia. He was generous with his time and gracious with his answers, supplying insightful answers to my, at times, Econ 101 questions about this past week’s stock market instability and China’s economic house of cards.

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PRO-FUSION — Mt. Williams Greenhouses: Arranging a Bouquet

Bouquet Arrangement Is a Blend of Creativity and Skills

Chad Therrien of Mt. Williams Greenhouses joins us on PRO-FUSION to explain what to do with that gorgeous bouquet you received as a gift or spoiled yourself with. Some simple skills, and a willingness to experiment, will yield an arrangement that will liven up a favorite space for many days to come.

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Fourth Annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival Opens Next Week

Eli Merritt Sculpture, "The Drake," for the Ten Spot Art Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
Eli Merritt Sculpture, "The Drake," for the Ten Spot Art Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

Eli Merritt Sculpture, "The Drake," for the Ten Spot Art Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
Eli Merritt Sculpture, “The Drake,” for the Ten Spot Art Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

The Berkshires Only Winter Contemporary Arts Festival to be Held February 12-22, 2015 in Downtown Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District

(Pittsfield, Mass.) The City of Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District has a sure cure for cabin fever this February: the fourth annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival featuring a lively array of music, art, theatre, dance, comedy, film, fashion, magic, a bonfire and fireworks and more from February 12-22, 2015 in the hub of the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.

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