Concerned about your privacy? Not entirely keen on giving up personal information while registering with the likes of The New York Times or The Washington Post? Been the recipient of SPAM and lots of it? You aren't alone and I really do feel your pain.
For a solution, check out BugMeNot. BugMeNot “was created as a mechanism to quickly bypass the login of websites that require compulsory registration and / or the collection of personal / demographic information.”
So, if you are feeling particularly squeamish about plugging in your name, adress, telephone number, email id or any other bit of information, this is your way out. Yes, this will tilt their statistics and the cyber-cops may question your ethics, but I suspect not everybody is going to do this. Life will be in balance, again. Phew!