Comments on: Pay a small toll to read this news story Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: Jimbo Sun, 17 May 2009 02:08:23 +0000 The internet is like a giant wholesaler. Not only newspapers are affected by it. Think of all of the brick and mortar retailers who must compete against someone who sells out of their basement on the internet. The internet is vicious as it drives inefficiency from all parts of the economy through instant price discovery. This credit crisis will one day be called the internet crisis… How many jobs will be lost by the time this world-changing transformation is complete?

By: Tim H Sun, 17 May 2009 00:57:24 +0000 This has nothing to do with freedom of speech or the U.S. Constitution. At the heart of the matter is this question: In journalism, where does the public interest end and the private interest begin? In other words, how can privately owned, profit-oriented media companies commit themselves to public-interest goals like being government watchdogs that are not beholden to corporate advertising? They cannot, really. A for-profit newspaper is essentially an oxymoron. Publicly funded media is the only answer to this question. We need more of it to fill the vacuum left by imploding newspapers. Just look at BBC News if you want a great example.

By: Dave Sat, 16 May 2009 22:25:59 +0000 I was kind of with you until you suggested 10 cents per article.

I buy a newspaper for 50 or 75 cents and often read it from cover to cover. At 10 cents an artcile that same paper would run me several dollars.

Online, I tend to follow a thread… or sometimes let my interest wander from subject to subject, article to article. At 10 cents, I’d have to cancel my internet access very quickly.

Until you suggested a price, I was thinking in terms of, maybe, one-tenth of a cent per article.

By: Wayne Altman Fri, 15 May 2009 04:52:05 +0000 Might I submit that the newspapers problem is not one of a digital nature? It is of sullied reputation, and hubris..
I for one will not pay to be lied to, if I want fiction I will go to the bookstore for the latest Harry Potter.

How long has this train been coming full steam ahead? Was there no one in the ENTIRE industry that wrote a story on the Internet, and its wonders of communication? They act as if the information superhighway was dropped out of space just yesterday.
Is it illegal for newspapers to have digital copies of its BS online, and to sell adverts on its pages?

Folks… I for one cannot WAIT for the last newspaper to go out of business, or stop doing business the way they have. Of course the canaries of the world will have a significant cage liner problem, but we will make do.

By: Dan Dan Dan Thu, 14 May 2009 22:45:58 +0000 Exactly at this point in time I am shaking a little bag with 2 cents in it as token payment for the thoughts of Eric Auchard that have drifted my way like the smell of baking bread in the morning.

By: phoenix1 Thu, 14 May 2009 14:35:10 +0000 Why would the corporate owned subsidiaries of viacom and GE want anyone to know the truth? These folks are professional propagandists, and when anyone challenges them, left or right, they are defamed then silenced.

“Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the communist party?”

The corporate stranglehold, the planned demolition of the economy, the absolute destruction of the middle class, what other conclusion could an intelligent american citizen reach?

This message has been paid for by Manchurian Global.
Have a nice day.

Joe McCarthy would be proud.

By: helen Thu, 14 May 2009 01:49:13 +0000 I will not pay unless the subscriptions pay for part of my ISP fees. The newspapers cannot expect me to pay for the delivery of their electronic media for free.
I am sure there will be plenty new online newsorganiztion which do not have the overhead of printing and delivering physical newspapers to clients all over the place. With the cost of delivery when gas hits $4 again that is the end of the newpaper route… the dilivery will cost more than the paper.

By: jason Wed, 13 May 2009 20:19:01 +0000 These businesses will have to make adjustments according to the market.
I just hope the federal government does not intervene with the process.

By: NS Wed, 13 May 2009 13:16:52 +0000 Edward R. Morrow is spinning in his grave. News and information is a SERVICE. A FREE media and FREE journalist is critical to FREE societies! That long ago was replaced with incentives of the uber media outlets with incentives counter to journalistic integrity. Yup there’s that word again, INTEGRITY. Who owns who now counts in information and editorialist, who pays those ad revenues also counts. Critical investigative reporting long dead and gone as that isn’t always predictably productive and isn’t always predictably profitable.

So, lets see now. I am supposed to pay for cable or satellite TV to get news and information and pay too for online news content? None of the aces have it yet, the turnip is dry. Pretty soon, no one will care as massaged political/business interests have overwhelmed factual basic reporting. We must have our soap opera drama or we won’t watch or read!! The contemptuousness for readers/viewers is based on hitcounts, ratings and lowest common denominator appeal, not value or service.

So, I suppose to be warned of the impending cat 5 hurricane barreling towards Miami or the serial killer on the interstate or the 100 billion dollar ponzi scheme financier or the elected official in local politics that embezzled from the city coffers, one must pay increasing amounts for real information and news you both need and use? Eh, I’m close myself to tuning it all out and let come what may.

By: Peter H Wed, 13 May 2009 12:33:46 +0000 I’m a bit surprised to hear Craig Gurgew say he likes to pay for cyber ads!! Maybe he hasn’t loaded the easily available pop-up and ad blockers etc commonly available. The marketing industry is another one in the same basket as the newspaper industry and faces many of the same issues although it certainly faces less constraints and has a great range of options available to it.
The age of the FREE will come to an end when the piggy-bank doesn’t rattle any more. Maybe your online ads will work for a while longer, but they are easy to make disappear.