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How to Bypass The New York Times’ Paywall and Read for Free

updated by Chand Bellur
April 19, 2023 at 2:17 p.m. PST
  • Most advertising-funded web-based publications offer free content, never hidden behind a paywall.
  • Major publications often execute their digital strategies carelessly, haphazardly, and cheaply, making it easy to bypass most paywalls.
  • The New York Times published a racist cartoon about Indians’ technological capabilities, but this Desi could crack their paywall easier than a coconut.
  • Most of The New York Times‘ technology content is thin, shabby, and full of corporate influence.
  • Major publications shouldn’t force readers to pay for thin, biased, and puerile content loaded with advertisements.

Why You Shouldn’t Pay to Read The New York Times

The New York Times is a very famous newspaper. The Bee Gees’ song Stayin’ Alive references the long-standing daily as a force to be reckoned with. We can’t try to understand its effects on man. That was a long time ago.

Much like disco, The New York Times hasn’t aged well. It doesn’t play well with others, including its audience. The publication believes its content to be superior.

It’s not 1980 anymore, and The New York Times is no longer the arbiter of truth it once pretended to be. The Times wants you to pay to read it while generating advertising revenues. If that’s not enough, the bias in content, particularly technology, reeks of payola.

I also operate a website and have never charged a dime to any reader or taken a cent from Big Tech directly. I’ve forgotten more about technology than any of their writers will ever know.

The New York Times Tech News is Weak
I’m not joking about NYT tech writers’ thin content and weak technical abilities. Despite thin content, it floats to the top of search results because Google considers corporate news to be an “authority.” In other words, if I were to write a story about iPhone cases, not even five people would read it because a software engineer with 20+ years of experience in the Valley is not an authority. It would be on page infinity of Google search results. Someone who just graduated from college a few years ago with an English or journalism degree, working for a major publication, is an authority in Google’s Bizzaro world. None of the tech writers for major publications have ANY experience working in tech. They don’t know technology, business, or the technology business, but they serve a purpose (hiring someone’s nephew or niece out of some tribal obligation or to return a favor), and Google adores corporate publications. After all, their PR and marketing people can woo the Times, but not me. I delete all emails asking to post sponsored content. The Times? That’s their business. They’re an extension of Big Tech PR.

Most corporate tech writers are hired regardless of merit and mainly through cronyism. Someone’s niece or nephew can change a few settings and fix nana’s iPhone, and suddenly they’re the new tech writer at The New York Times. After all, interviewing people and finding the best candidate is time-consuming.

New York Times Hires Inexperienced Tech Writers
A writer with a BA in journalism from SF State penned the hard-hitting story about iPhone cases. She plays many video games, likes to drink mescal, and is likely the niece of someone who works at the Times. Where is the merit? Is this really the best person they could hire to write about technology, or another white privilege favor? Working in the Valley for 20+ years, it’s amazing how merit isn’t a factor and how powerful white privilege is, even in an area where whites are a minority. More than half of my managers were dumb white men who knew much more about golf than technology, business, or the tech business. If you’re wondering why Silicon Valley is failing, the lack of merit is a big reason. It used to be better, but as social media grew, an influx of white East Coast dilettantes flocked into the area to take all of the easy, high-paying jobs. How many UI specialists does it take to place a button or field on an app? Apparently, a whole army! These are all sinecures — easy jobs handed out as favors. As layoffs occur, many of these do-nothing people stay on while competent and valuable employees are let go, exacerbating organizational failure in the Valley.

Many people can pen superficial technology pieces. Some ethnic groups favor and hire their own, abandoning merit and furthering tribal affiliations. To seem fair, they may employ a few tokens, but the bulk of hiring comes from one ethnicity — a tiny minority in the United States.

Today, more enterprises advertise services and products digitally. Ad budgets for TV and print are declining, while marketing allocations for websites and social media are increasing. This means that sites like The New York Times are making more from advertising than ever but still feel you should pay them directly.

It’s not just about money. They want your information too. Paywalls require authentication, enabling The New York Times to tag and track you like an animal. Some prominent publications will let you read a few articles for free if you sign in. You should not sacrifice privacy to read a mediocre article about Apple’s yellow iPhone written by someone who has never written a line of code or worked in tech.

For some reason, the rule “write what you know” doesn’t apply to technology. I read these articles in major publications muttering “bulls**t” under my breath. They’re just regurgitating Big Tech PR and marketing. Puke!

If that’s not enough, The New York Times operates a pathetically lousy website. Run a page speed test on it, and you’ll see how poorly it performs due to abundant ads and javascript spyware.

I just ran a Google page speed test on The New York Times home page, and it only scored 28/100 for performance. That’s an F-. Maybe they should join the elite Internet club.

Even though I know how to bypass the paywall, reading The New York Times is still a bad deal. The abundance of ads costs you too. Most ads feature high-resolution video and burn through cellular data like a forest fire. Their bloated, inefficient pages use up tons of data. Even if you have an unlimited plan, if you hit a threshold, they’ll throttle you down to dial-up speed.

The New York Times website SUCKS! They stuff it with ads, it eats up your cellular data, and then they want you to pay on top of that?

Now that you know why you shouldn’t pay for The New York Times, let’s look at how to bypass their ridiculously childish paywall. It’s easier than jumping over a turnstile in the NYC subway, but you probably won’t see a rat eating a big slice of pizza.

How to Bypass The New York Times‘ Paywall

Remember the cartoon with the Indian man in a dhoti and turban, cow in tow, knocking on the “Elite Space Club” door? Well, when you see how easy it is to bypass The New York Times‘ paywall on your iPhone, you’ll know how lousy they are with technology. Even a beggar in England could construct a better paywall, but when you don’t believe in merit, and white skin is paramount, the results speak for themselves.

Here’s how to bypass The New York Times on your iPhone. I recommend using an Incognito or Private window, so they won’t be able to track you and gather demographic information.

  • Open a new private Safari window on your iPhone.
  • Open a New York Times article. The paywall appears.
  • Tap on the “Aa” label in Safari’s address bar. A menu appears.
  • Tap on “Reader Mode.”

That’s it. You can now read any New York Times article hidden behind a paywall. It’s as easy as playing hide-and-seek with a toddler. Additionally, this blocks all advertisements.

It’s hilarious how easy it is to bypass The New York Times‘ paywall. You don’t even need to gnaw through it like a Big Apple rodent. A simple iOS Safari feature can bypass the paywall, block all ads, and extend a virtual middle finger to a sad reminder of how even liberals are white supremacists in America.

They might not burn a cross in your yard, but they don’t have high regard for you or your culture unless you’re white. At best, some have sympathy for poor, backward brown people. I got sick and tired of New York City degenerates making fun of my people’s technological capabilities, especially when they can’t even create a proper paywall.

The New York Times is Racist, So You Shouldn’t Support Them

Racist New York Times Cartoon
The funniest thing about this cartoon is that a Singaporean of Han Chinese ethnicity created it — Heng Kim Song. Singapore is a SANSKRIT WORD! It means Lion City in the oldest Hindu language. Although Singapore is a clean city (thanks to draconian laws), I used to live in Hong Kong. People seem to think China and Hong Kong are so tidy and India is filthy. Having been to both places, I can honestly say, I’ve encountered more beggars and lepers (yes, they still exist) in Hong Kong than anywhere else I have traveled. (The San Francisco Bay Area is a close second!) Walking down the skyscraper-lined streets of Hong Kong, you’ll see blood and guts in open sewers streaming out of butcher shops. THEY EAT DOGS! It’s literally on the menu. It’s no wonder that so many diseases come out of this region. Living in the SF Bay Area, I’m well aware of how Asians suck up to white people. You see it with this cartoon. Heng Kim Song is sucking up to his white masters at The New York Times. Maybe they feel inferior to white people, but I don’t. How is Singapore’s space program? Much like Heng Kim Song, they have latched on to a superior nation — Japan. Song’s ignorance of India explains why Asian countries populated by Han Chinese don’t fare as well as Bharat. Instead of acting, they attach to whiteness, which seems to be the ultimate goal. I know plenty of Han people in San Francisco who claim “we’re just like white people.” Except they have brown skin, mongoloid features, and come from nations with weak space programs. Song’s cartoon clearly shows how Han people will happily throw other non-white people under the bus for their white masters.

A few years back, after India joined the elite club of nations with successful Mars missions, The New York Times chose to lampoon Bharat rather than praise a nation that went from brutal British rule to a rising world power in less than a century.

The New York Times' Cartoonist Heng Kim Song
The New York Times‘ Cartoonist Heng Kim Song, or, as I prefer to call him, Uncle Song.

Since Hollywood and the American media won’t tell you the history of the Indian space program, here’s a brief account. Over the past decades, India contributed to numerous innovations, many of which were incorporated by the European Space Agency and NASA.

The 2022 film Rocketry: The Nambi Effect chronicles the life of Indian rocket scientist Nambi Narayan. After spending some time at Princeton, fixing textbook errors and providing insight on liquid rocket fuel pressurization, Narayan returned to India instead of working for NASA.

The European Space Agency (ESA) later contacted the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for help with the deeply flawed Viking rocket engine, which constantly exploded on the test platform. With a team of Indian engineers secretly residing in France (due to racism), they improved the engine’s burnout time, but it still exploded on the platform.

Narayan and his team took their innovations back to India, creating the Vikas-1 rocket engine. When they brought it back to France for testing, some racist French engineers joked that it would explode after a few seconds. A team of “third world” rocket scientists soon put them to shame.

The Vikas-1 engine ran for over 3 minutes, exhausting its fuel supply without exploding. Narayan and his team perfected liquid rocket fuel pressurization and invented the first potentially reusable rocket engine to propel sizeable payloads further into space than any other nation.

Hong Kong Pig Train
image credit: CTS;     My family lived in Hong Kong for a year when my father was a visiting professor at CUHK. I vividly remember the pig trains — waiting at the KCR station, underground… No, that’s not the KCR coming; it’s the pig train!!! Trapped underground, we were forced to suffocate on the stench of porcine feces and urine. The ammonia would singe nose hairs! You really won’t experience anything close to this in the rest of the world. The urine-soaked BART stations of San Francisco are close. If you’re wondering why so many diseases come out of China, animal handling methods constitute a significant factor. Some may think I’m unfair to the Chinese, but their low opinion of India and Indians is long-standing and undeserved. India surpasses China technologically in many areas, especially healthcare. India developed the first DNA vaccine, which is also the most effective COVID vaccine. China used an outdated, disabled virus vaccine with very low efficacy. Look beyond the skyscrapers and Western clothing; you’ll see they’re far more backward than Indians, but they do suck up to white Europeans and Americans. Why do you think my father taught in Hong Kong and later in China? Their professors aren’t very good, and they need to hire outsiders, just like the United States. My UCLA professors were also mediocre.

You won’t learn this on PBS, NPR, The New York Times, or Discovery Channel because they’re racist. They’re mainly concerned with white technological achievements and constructing the myth of Indian backwardness.

In fact, you likely learned very little about India in high school or college world history courses. Instead, you were taught a history of the world concocted by British academics who worked about an hour a day and fabricated a past where white Greeks and Romans formed the pillars of civilization.

Aristotle told Alexander the Great to seek out a Hindu yogi because they’re the most intelligent people in the world. I didn’t learn this in high school or at UCLA. My UCLA International Relations professors knew nothing about India because, like many Americans, they suck at their jobs. They were hired because they worked at the State Department. They were employed at the State Department because of affirmative action or cronyism, but never merit.

Most Americans think white people invented 99% of everything. This is false. When Indians were riding in chariots, wearing fine cloth, and battling with metal weapons (and a code of conduct for battle), the white world wore animal skins, slept in the rough, and used stone and wood implements. They didn’t even have agriculture. Many ate grubs (worms) and dogs or whatever animal they could easily kill.

Indians are Aryans
This may be upsetting to some; however, much like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny don’t exist, the “white Christian Aryan” is also a complete fabrication. Thankfully, every dictionary and credible source claims that Aryans are ancient Hindus. They weren’t white, either. Mahabharata is clear about that. Prince Pandu was cursed with pale skin, and he sired no offspring. This Aryan epic poem describes Krishna and others as being dark-skinned. Can we please stop calling white people Aryans? Indians have been tracking their lineages for thousands of years. We’re pretty darn sure we’re Aryans. In America, most white people hail from Ireland – a mixture of Romani and dozens of other ethnicities. People McNuggets, not Aryans.

The truth is Indians invented 75% of everything in the world. The Mahabharata explains, in great detail, every technology and innovation enjoyed and used over 7000 years ago.

Credit for progress and innovation is fictional in America. If you Google it, the world credits Robert Goddard or Wernher von Braun as the father of liquid fuel rocketry. Unfortunately, neither of them could get a rocket very far. Goddard’s rocket only climbed a mere 41 feet.

I remember a toy I had as a child. It was a plastic rocket one could fill with water and pressurize with a pump. It could get about that high if you pumped it enough, and it was liquid-fueled with a mixture of pressurized hydrogen and oxygen.

Although Braun’s rocket went much farther, it still could not deliver anything into orbit. One would have to wait for a team of Indian scientists sequestered in France to figure out the pressurization of liquid fuels. Before the Vikas-1 engine, rocket engines were routinely ejected before exploding.

Until the 2022 film, they received no credit. Even I was surprised at how much India contributed to rocket science. After all, I grew up watching racist Hollywood movies where Indians are typically portrayed as dirty savages. The ESA was too racist to admit that a bunch of brown Indians who are intellectually (and hygienically) superior fixed their exploding rocket engine problem.

It gets worse. Over two-and-a-half million Indian troops fought in World War II, but you’ll never see that in a Hollywood movie — not even Gandhi. India had more soldiers in WWII than all of the allied forces combined, yet this isn’t even mentioned in history books, let alone Hollywood movies or The New York Times.

1907 New York Times Article Claims Aryans are White Scandinavians
World history taught in America is largely based on the output of British academics who put in about an hour of work every weekday, excluding academic holidays. No wonder it’s so wrong. A New York Times article from 1907 claims that Aryans are white Scandinavians. This is not just in the past. A quick web search shows recent NYT stories perpetuating the myth of white Christian Aryans. Aryans are brown Hindus. They always have been and always will be. Even the blackest Hindu in Tamil Nadu has more Aryan blood than any white American.

Should you pay for racist, low-quality garbage? No. Once in a while, The New York Times gets a scoop worth reading. Mostly, their tech articles provide a good chuckle. My favorite New York Times puzzle is figuring out which Big Tech company funded a particular story (that’s what they are — stories, not articles). Did they get free iPads, a nice dinner, interview access, or cash for sucking up to iCorporation?

Beyond all of the racism, lack of merit, and poor-quality content, payola is alive and well within corporate digital media. They do anything to make money — ads, paywalls, and sponsored content (without disclaimers), all in synergistic combinations to produce growing profits.

New York Times Should Consider Offshoring

The saddest thing about The New York Times‘ pathetic website is that it’s almost 30 years old! You’d think in 30 years, they’d get the technology down. It’s PHP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, not quantum electrodynamics. Even Twitter is more complex than The New York Times‘ website. Nonetheless, the company can’t provide a decent user experience on the Web.

Between the paywall and low page speed performance scores, it’s clear The New York Times isn’t worth a paid subscription. It’s so easy to bypass the paywall and read the few pieces with a modicum of truth and merit. The fact is, The New York Times is a relic. It’s a reminder of a world that doesn’t exist anymore, but its writers are so insulated from reality that truth will always remain elusive.


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