Linked by David Adams on Sun 11th Jul 2010 18:54 UTC
Internet & Networking There's an article today at that looks at recent trends around net-based pay-for services and the smattering of paywalls from News Corp to the NYT that are up or threatening to be put up, and speculating that this could be the beginning of a trend. Of course, a YouTube video rental site and a few large publishers putting up paywalls will make zero difference to the "free internet" on their own. But if they're successful, it could spark emulation. But could this be a trend that could snowball enough to change the nature of the net?
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RE: Bravo, old media!
by chmeee on Mon 12th Jul 2010 12:41 UTC in reply to "Bravo, old media!"
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Whole-heartedly agree on this. Some people say money is a new invention, which it is, but compensation is as old as the primordial ooze that we crawled from. Even in the animal kingdom work is rewarded for value attained -- lions that protect the den become alpha, etc. The leech mentality of people these days is rather depressing, because it devalues those around them.

Pay it back, pay it forward, it doesn't matter, work needs to be compensated in some way else we wouldn't do it. The dollar, euro, peso, etc, are all just standardizations of barter compensation, and refusing to pay dollars or euros or pesos or whatever simply shows that the leech consumer holds no value in work.

To those others reading this: If you don't value the news feeds then don't read them. If you do value them, then pay them what they're worth. If you don't want to pay $10/month for their news because it's not worth it to you then don't read their stories, read somewhere else. Hell, someone might setup a pay-per-article site that might suit you more.

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