The reigning absurdity in the digital news economy
Frederic Filloux
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You make some great points but isn’t your core premise, “Unlike its physical world ancestor, online publishing fails to reward investments in production and content quality.”, a bit flawed?

My understanding is that fluff pieces in print where drove ads and subscription and by doing so allowed the more production-heavy (“the real news”) to be covered.

Sure, the ‘one-month investigation’ story may cost more but it will likely get less traffic than the ‘500 words news piece’ and the few others like it. In doing so they make much more money on the shorter piece and use that revenue to fund more in-depth coverage.

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