Then the New York Times asked its online subscribers to pay. I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t jump on the opportunity. That is, until I saw the movie Page One, which basically was a look into the innards of the New York Times with all of its dedicated journalists, editors, and many other employees who put out this incredible product every day. I didn’t want to lose Paul Krugman, David Carr, or any of the other talented and creative minds that I encountered every morning. They need to make a living and we need them. When I came home from the movie that night I became a subscriber: $20.00 per month.
Recently the New York Times decided that readers could have 10 articles for free, after which you would HAVE to become a subscriber. Now the Globe has put up a similar paywall. I haven’t subscribed to the Globe as I don’t think it is as good a paper and I think that the price is too high. If they bring it down I will subscribe. The Star will be next. I will not be subscribing. But I do have an inkling of what may happen in the newspaper business. Perhaps people will go back to buying the real paper. Not every day, but now and then. That would be a good thing. Trends come and go and the reading of paper news might just be on the upswing.