I realize the article was about newspapers charging more for digital access, but I couldn't help but think about the newspaper industry in general as I was reading.
I don't read print newspapers. I used to. Back when there was no such thing as online newspapers. I am fairly ashamed to admit that I pick up the Las Cruces Bulletin from my driveway every day and immediately walk it over to the recycling bin (I'm not sure if I have a phantom subscription or if everyone receives it).
Newspapers turn your fingers grey. They take up space. You have to put in effort (albeit minimal) to find the articles you want. But, newspapers also smell good. They remind me of my dad on a Sunday morning, sipping his coffee and pondering over the state of the economy, or whatever was headline news. I also remember being in the newspaper. Like this blast from the past: "In the final leg of the 400 yard freestyle relay race, Dana DeRego out-touched Sheltons anchor to give SK the win." Did I keep the newspaper that had that excerpt? No. (well, my mom probably clipped it and put it in an album somewhere). The point that I am trying to make (in the most round-a-bout way possible) is that newspapers are going digital. I found that little nugget online. After I googled myself - which is, in itself, both creepy and revealing.
I only read digital newspapers. I hate when my fingers turn grey. I love the navigation ease that digital newspapers afford, and I can easily find what I want quickly. I can also blow up pictures. Or click hyperlinks. There are no hyperlinks in print newspapers. There are also no paper cuts with digital newspapers.
So, yes, I would pay more for an online subscription. Probably a lot more than the 1-2 dollars the article suggested. But, as of now, the newspapers I peruse are free. When the time comes to shell out the cash, I will.
One last remark. I don't think newspapers are dying. They are moving, yes, but they aren't dying. People still need news. Newspapers will still provide news.
One last last remark. I really enjoy looking over the newspaper page of DUI drivers in ABQ whenever I visit my Aunt and Uncle. I will suffer through the grey fingers and paper cuts to enjoy that one page of entertainment.