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 TechGeek on Tue 13th Jul 2010 18:02 UTC
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I have to say I disagree with the author on this article. There are several points I have a problem with:

Current news media sites. You argue that they are suffering horribly. But are they suffering horribly because they are online? Or are the suffering horribly because they are still trying to produce a medium (paper) that most people don't want to deal with? Could the news giants be more profitable if they went electronic only? Maybe they just need to charge more per paper? The thought that our government should prop them up is ludicrous.

You act like all content creation will go away without some well defined pay system in place. People have been creating content for thousands of years with no sure way to monetize it. Sure the volume will go down. But we have more volume than quality anyway, so not a bad thing.

Also, you forget that much of what we read are FACTS. You can't control their spread unless we completely close up the internet. While there is a law about breaking news and sources, older news is completely free to disseminate.

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