The High Cost of a Free Internet: Why Supporting Quality Content Matters

Robert Thompson
Stoic Gazette
Published in
3 min readJun 16, 2024


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In the digital age, we have grown accustomed to the concept of a “free” internet — a vast repository of information, entertainment, and resources available at our fingertips without any apparent cost. However, this illusion of a free internet comes with hidden expenses that we often overlook. As we increasingly rely on online content to inform, educate, and inspire us, it is crucial to recognize the importance of supporting high-quality, well-researched content and the platforms that make it possible.

The Unseen Costs of “Free” Content

While the internet appears to offer an endless supply of free content, there are significant costs associated with its creation and distribution. Producing high-quality, well-researched content requires time, effort, and expertise. Writers, journalists, and content creators invest countless hours in researching, fact-checking, and crafting compelling pieces that engage and inform their audience.

However, when we expect all online content to be free, we undermine the value of this work and make it difficult for creators to sustain themselves. Many resort to relying on advertising revenue or sponsored content, which can compromise the integrity and objectivity of their work. Others struggle to make ends meet, leading to…