Linked by Mufasa on Tue 13th Jul 2010 15:57 UTC
Editorial I read David's post worrying about the end of the free internet and I had to respond, as I strongly disagree that free and advertising-supported content is the future. If anything, it is advertising-supported content that is destined to be a niche strategy, because of new internet technology that enables entirely new models and empowers consumers to have exactly what they want. Advertising will not support much content creation, so I suggest what will.
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by JrezIN on Tue 13th Jul 2010 16:46 UTC
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Sorry, But I don't see anything new from previous post... micro-payments as an partial answer is not anything new, the problem is, in the current "system", it is not happening yet. why? because banks, payment systems and other middlemen don't want to work for fractions of cents... Not only that, but there's something called laws, and every country (and sometimes states) has laws about taxes and regulatory stuff about "selling stuff", and they don't work very well with this micro-thing yet.. actually, they don't work well with the internet yet...

...and about micro-payments and $10 subscriptions, well, every country has different economic realities, and you should not expect that everyone accepting $10 as almost nothing (like, for e.g., people in the USA usually says)... The thing is, the internet is an international system, and it's really hard to sell something when everyone has different concepts of "value" for every kind of product/information.

The thing is, until a more equal international economy, with more defined rules and taxes for every size of payment, and more liberal "middlemen" willing to work, grand and secure payments for fractions of cents... well, until them, paid content will be only a niche. because ads are another kind of parallel concurrency that "just works", not because it is the ideal model, but because there so many problems with of other options.

...that or you could "sell your soul" to big monopolist content distributors like Murdoch/Apple Store... but that would only mean public disservice, less control over your content and big stakes of your hard work going to these middlemen (until they decide to do what you do for themselves and keep every penny)... not that different from today's media/content business...

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