Time Magazine May Join Newspapers In Committing Suicide By Charging Online

from the good-luck-with-that dept

So, say you're a general news magazine that's struggling to remain even remotely relevant in an internet era... what do you do? Apparently if you're Time, you think about charging. This isn't all that surprising, really, given that Time Magazine published that poorly thought out article arguing for micropayments for online publications. It just makes you wonder who these people are making these decisions and if they ever bothered to look at all of the attempts in the past to charge for such content online.

Filed Under: business models, charging, magazines, paywalls, time magazine
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    Dave, 2 Jun 2009 @ 8:06am

    Magazines, Subscriptions and Internet

    Professional journalists are far from perfect, but the best make a real effort to find and tell the truth. While they don't necessarily have regulations for their conduct (doctors, lawyers, accountants, professional engineers etc. all have legally imposed standards, journalists don't), they certainly have voluntary standards and ethics. So if I read an article in a mainstream publication like Time, the Tribune, the Times, etc. I have a fairly high confidence it's the truth. I do not have that confidence about what I read on the Internet, where anyone can say anything, true, false, meeting a hidden agenda or just a nutcase.
    I subscribe to a paper newspaper and get their electronic updates. Would I keep the subscription to keep the electronic updates? Probably.

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