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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RE: Maybe I'm just cheap
by earksiinni on Sat 17th Jul 2010 13:46 UTC in reply to "Maybe I'm just cheap"
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Your point is valid, but it's not actually a problem. Rather, it's the tip of the spear in a war that would erupt if micropayments really did become widespread. Perhaps there really would be a huge upheaval with users leaving the Internet en masse.

I say, bring it on! Not only is the system out of balance with content providers getting the short end of the stick (verily, it's a nub rather than an end), but people don't think about their internet usage enough. I mean, no one pauses to think, "Why is there such an enormous demand for free content? What is the significance of this?" It's not like we're any happier or wiser than we were 20 years ago. Radically altering the economics of the 'net would force us to confront these issues.

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