Thursday, April 29, 2010

Tell us what you really think ...

It seems obvious that the fiscal fix for print media, at least for the short term, is to put up a pay wall on their Internet sites.  There are a lot of ways to do this and a lot of different ways to collect fees:  per story, per search, per week and so on.  Or maybe a half-dozen papers and/or magazines could get together with a Google-like search system and share revenue.

Whatever way they choose, they'll need to do it in the next few years before print becomes a thing of the past and thus forgotten.  And that appears to be the way it's headed, much to the dismay of many over fifty who still, for no apparent reason, still enjoy holding cheap paper between their ink-stained fingers.

Ten years ago whodathunk that we'd lay in bed reading books downloaded to a "reader" connected wirelessly to the WWW?  And that we'd be watching nearly first-run movies and television shows from the last century distributed the same way, on a huge digital screen or *GASP* on our wireless phone screens or on every-sized net device inbetween?

How's all this end-of-print-as-we-know-it gonna play out?  Forget radio and TV...WWPD?  What will print do? In your humble opinion, of course.

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