- Paying for Internet News
What do you think about the new trend
towards newspaper websites charging to read their news?
Would you pay to read the famous English newspaper,
That is what they are gambling on, as is now the
New York Times
When first under development,
the internet was supposed to be strictly non-commercial.
Those days are a distant
memory, and of course, once private enterprise took over from
the US government, there was no longer any expectation that
everything should be free. Someone, somewhere, somehow,
has to pay something.
But who, how, when and where?
These questions remain
unanswered, even after something like 15 years of 'mainstream'
internet. What do you think?
Reader Survey - Paying for
If confronted with a
newspaper you formerly valued and regularly read, such as the NY Times or the
(London, UK) Times, but which now charges for access, what would
you be willing to pay?
Assume, for the purpose of this survey, that if you were
paying per article, there'd be some sort of automatic accounting whereby
you pay perhaps $20 at a time into an account, and it then gets
automatically charged out, article by article, until needing to be rebilled.
Please answer as many
questions as you can in the survey below. And please send
your friends links to this page so they can answer it too.
We'll present the survey
results to you next week.
Thanks for your
Many thanks for your time
and your answers. All answers will be collated, compiled
and reported back to you next week.
2 January 2004, last update
21 Jul 2020
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