The N.Y. Times is considering charging to see its online content. The Old Gray Lady’s publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., is quoted in an upcoming BusinessWeek:
It gets to the issue of how comfortable are we training a generation of readers to get quality information for free. That is troubling.
This is another example that the MSM still doesn’t get the internet. The internet offers an abundance of quality information for free. No training necessary; we already get it.
Those that can charge for online news information are the exception, not the rule. Their content is so different from what else is available that people are willing to pay for it. In fact, there is so much free, good information available that I’m reluctant to visit sites that require registration, even at no cost.
In other words: NYT, you’re no Wall Street Journal.