by Greg Krehbiel on 16 March 2017
The discussion on ad blockers got me wondering — if the ad-supported model completely fell apart, and websites all started charging for content, which websites would I be willing to pay for?
(I realize this is an over-simplification. Websites have many more revenue opportunities than simply ads or paid subscriptions.)
The thing is, most of the sites I rely on for news don’t create any news. They just link to (or comment on) news from other sites. In an exclusively paid subscription world, those sites would disappear. (And that might be a good thing.)
For example, what good would Drudge be if every time you clicked on a link you hit a paywall?
I started to think about middle of the road news sources (maybe The Christian Science Monitor?) but … if I want to be honest with myself, I really prefer news that comes from a conservative (aka sane) perspective. So I’d probably go with The Washington Times.
2017-03-16 » Greg Krehbiel