shafnutz05 wrote:People that get indignant and pissed off that their hometown newspaper is now charging online readers for full access to the site. Really? The newspaper is providing a service that you can access all of this information in seconds from thousands of miles away, and you are ranting that they should provide it free of charge? Get real
Its a way for them to replace revenue, I guess. The main demographic for traditional newspaper reading is mostly (probably exceptions) old people (sorry old people) and they keep getting older and dying off, so circulation drops. That means advertisers pay less to the PG. More people are reading online, so you have more bandwidth costs, etc. all while trying to maintain the legacy side (print) and new side (online).
IMO, not too much of our local news is worth to pay for money for (maybe the Letters to the Editor and brain eating comments that people post in reply to the letter). Its annoying to see that popup ad on the PG saying you are over your quota for the month. I just hop on over to the Tribune and read the related article there.