Friday, March 12, 2010

Puzzling paradigms

Both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal plan to start selling their content on the Web, rather than giving it away free.
That should be interesting.
Representing the left and the right, these two papers are likely to have different outcomes.
Liberals who think you are entitled to have whatever you want whether you can pay for it or not, may not want to pay for the Times. For heaven's sake, they might make a profit!
On the other hand, people who believe in free enterprise probably will pay to read the Wall Street Journal, which is one of the few papers left that presents the news objectively.
The question remains what all the other newspaper are going to do. They are giving away their product now, but are afraid people won't pay for it on the Web. But, then, fewer and fewer are paying for the increasingly thin paper product either.
Maybe some will go back to offering content.

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