Don’t shoot me, but I completely agree with The New York Times move to charge for online readership. To assuage the infrequent online reader, everyone will be allowed 20 free articles per quarter. At first, this will be a shock to the system. Over time it will slide through with ease.
The Times has always been worth paying for. When Nicholas Kristoff has to drive across a barren desert in Tunisia to get a story on the aftermath of the defense of Benghazi, who do you think pays for the Toyota Land Cruiser rental and gas?
To Free or Not To Free.
Good content costs. There is a price of good goods and the web and venture money haven’t always understood this. The New York Times reminds us of this capitalistic notion. Applause-applause. Free has been used in the digital world as a traffic builder. So has community. And social. And certainly community and society have value. As do not-for-profit and non-profit ventures. But the New York Times and, shortly, a good many followers have decided that March 28th is the day to pay the paper boy. And it’s not a moment too soon. The first web domino has fallen. Do I her another? Peace!