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August 11, 2009

Paid Information

by @ 11:44 am. Filed under Current Events, Technology

Is the age of free newspaper information over?
If you believe the media baron Rupert Murdoch it is…
“Quality journalism is not cheap and an industry that gives away its content is simply cannibalizing its ability to produce good reporting. The digital revolution has opened many new and inexpensive distribution channels but it has not made content free. We intend to charge for all our news Web sites”.
Some may say “them there’s fightin words”.
But will a public used to free access to newspapers now pay to read them?
That is the question all financially strapped newspapers are pondering?
This will be difficult for Murdoch to accomplish, billionaire or not. Paying for newspaper content has been tried before in some form or another and it has failed.
Why?
In this technology age information gushes out all around us. You literally can’t stop it.
As Internet search becomes better and better it becomes easier and easier to find out about whatever interests you, using the Internet. And it is not just newspapers providing the result of these searches…its bloggers, twitters, vloggers, forum participants etc.
These free sources of information make it difficult for Murdoch’s payment concept to become areality…but we’ll see.

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