Return of the Mack

Long Live Futurism.com: This Website Is Free Again, Thanks to You

In the immortal words of Rick James, we're bustin' out.

Oct 25 by Foster Kamer

Futurism Readers –

As ever, we’ve got some news about the future to share with you. This time, it’s about our site. Thanks to your support, we’ve been able to secure Futurism’s continued operation, in two ways.

The first big change is one of two reasons we’ll able to keep going, bigger and better than ever, no less: In July 2021, Futurism was acquired from its previous owners by Recurrent Ventures, a revolutionary, new kind of media company.

What’s this mean? Well, for us, it means we’re now working alongside some pretty great new colleagues (among them, a few titles you may recognize: Popular Science, The Drive, and the mad geniuses at MEL Magazine, et al).

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And for you? Well, that’s the second big change: We’re killing the subscription program, and making the site free to all of you, again.

As you might’ve already heard, 2020 through the first half of 2021 was a pretty disastrous year for the media industry. We were able to weather that storm due in no small part to the dedication of you, our readership, and those who paid for Futurism subscriptions, helping to keep this site alive. Well, we lived, and we’ve decided to roll back the entire paywall. There are no limits on Futurism’s content, for anybody, now: The entire site, and its archives, are fully free again.

Even better: We’re growing. And you’ll be seeing more from us, in bigger, bolder colors, as Futurism will be scaling our repertoire: More features, more interviews, and more news about the emergent, groundbreaking technological and scientific advances changing the world for generations to come.

We really couldn’t have done this without you. By reading our stories, joining our Facebook community, subscribing to our newsletter, and most recently, subscribing to our site. Every ad unit you’ve let load, every time you’ve bought something you’ve seen on our site, every subscription you purchased: Every single small one of these things helped us get to where we are now.

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The goal of the paywall wasn’t to make us rich (which it didn’t), or our stories less accessible (which it did), but to sustain and secure our ability to write them. Now that we’re in a secure place, we’re absolutely going to bring you — and the rest of the world — the best-in-class newsfeed you’ve come to expect from us over the years. We couldn’t have done it without you, and wanted to drop you a note, thanking you for helping keep the future of Futurism a bright one.

To tomorrow, today,

Team Futurism


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