There is no such thing as a free lunch
I’ve started this post at least twenty times in the last five years. It’s time to finish it.
Dear internet content consumer,
There is no such thing as a free lunch.
Is that such a hard thing to understand? On the Internet it appears to be. For better and worse the Internet has had a “culture of free” since the days of the NSFNet and its Appropriate Use Policy (AUP) which restricted commercial use.
Content on the internet costs money to produce.
I won’t bore you with tales about the decline of newspapers in the US.
You can either pay for content with negotiable currency or with your attention (i.e., advertisements). A combination of psychological buying factors and transactional expenses make advertising the most plausible business model for content creators. Get over it.