I admit, the notion is hard to conceive of and even a little scary. Just think about it. What if your favorite news outlets began charging for online content? All those articles and Web sites you erratically flit about during the course of the day suddenly would cost money. All those embedded links in stories would now lead you to membership-login screens, and your morning ritual of reading the news would change dramatically.
Pony up: Charging for online content needs to happen
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