Since this is a debate on paying for news, NOT water - I don't NEED an analogy to understand NOT paying for something I can readily get for free!
If someone is ALREADY on the internet, how stupid must they be to pay for news content? MSN, CNN, Comcast, et al. all give you enough info on everything for free because they have advertisers to pay them.
Brill believes the following is a likely comment: "...hey did you hear that journalist/blogger just started charging people to read his opinion? And it only costs pennies a word! What a great deal!...".
I don't know what internet HE's on, but if I want a paid opinion, I'll hire a lawyer [and I better have done something really, really BAD.]