Micropayments for news articles are a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea

Why charging people per story is doomed to fail and could actually make things worse.

“Should I pay to read this online news story? Is it worth 27 cents? What if it’s not? What if it’s a short read? Think, Jonathan! Think!”

“Individuals who had to pay for news were significantly less likely to select stories from an opinion-challenging source than individuals who did not have to pay for news.” (New Media and Society, April 2015)

Individual song downloads are in decline. But for old-school types, just look at those vinyl sales! (via Forbes and StatistaCharts)

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