I love news and I love journalism.
However, when it comes to paying for donating my attention, I do have certain standards. I will pay for online news — if I get something in return you’re expecting me to just hand over both my money — and my attention.
The news organisation produce news and in return, they get my attention to monetise. This is not a particularly fair deal; attention is perhaps the most valuable commodity in existence today. Therefore. I get angry when news outlets are trying to charge me twice. A paywall is a way for online news platforms to stop me from donating my attention, but there are no shortage of alternative news sources for consumers to choose from today.
But if not for the news themselves, there are plenty of valuable services that I would gladly pay for. But no-one seems eager to take my money, it seems. As it stands, my standards makes it virtually impossible to find a relevant news outlet willing to deliver news to me in a fashion that will cater to my specific needs. Am I simply unreasonable? I’ll let you be the judge.
These are my requirements:
Now, I don’t think I’m being unreasonable. Or am I?
There has to be a plausible explanation as to why there’s not a single news outlet out there who are ready to take my money in exchange for the service I want? I guess news publishers simply haven’t yet understood the sheer power of earning a solid base of co-creating superusers.
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