Daily Archives: March 7, 2011

John Gapper

A lot of people argue that general interest newspapers cannot charge online because their content is not distinctive enough – and that only specialist news organisations such as the FT and the Wall Street Journal can get away with it.

However, Felix Salmon has taken the free news argument a provocative step further by suggesting that, even if more specialist newspapers such as the FT can charge, they are wrong to do it.

I find Felix’s argument bizarre but it is worth examining for his (I would argue blind) faith in what Jeff Jarvis has dubbed the “link economy” as opposed to old-fashioned metrics such as revenues and profits.