Should newspapers charge for content?


4 comments posted
The news in a newspaper

The news in a newspaper lives no more than two days. After that it becomes obsolete, in most of the cases. So, making it inaccessible in the first day, when it is “hot” leads to what you call an uninformed population. That gives power to the politicians and to economy, because stupid people will buy what they are told to.

Agnes's picture
Posted by Agnes (not verified) on 14 November 2006 - 7:13am

The idea sounds a bit like OPEC. The newspapers will control the "truth." This approach speaks paragraphs about the way newspapers see themselves. A new technology threatens to erode profits. More than profits, power. The newspapers will control the "truth" and there's going to be what ... a truth tax?

Voltaire said, "to a philosopher, all news is gossip." It seems that newspapers have carved out market niche which is about delivering information in a speedy way. For example, 9/11 happens and everyone clamors for as much information as quickly as they can get it. Later, books come out.

The internet (really just the old telephone system that's been around for more than a century) means people can talk to each other about what they've heard, seen, and believe.

Perhaps some sort of cap can be put on that, but the cost of doing so might be many times that of the technology that the papers are trying to protect.

I think these attempts to control the truth are not going to succeed and in trying to control information, they will make themselves even more irrelevant.

Matsu's picture
Posted by Matsu on 14 November 2006 - 7:20am
Hadn't seen that.

Thanks for the update on what the news is on the news that wouldn't be news anymore if they did it in this new way.

The Heretik's picture
Posted by The Heretik on 17 November 2006 - 8:13pm
Newspapers don't have any

Newspapers don't have any valuable information in it now days, why do they want to make more money then?

Flowers's picture
Posted by Flowers (not verified) on 28 December 2010 - 5:38am