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An interesting, but not reality-based read from the SF Gate: Web firms must pay for newspapers' work:
In France, newspapers are in trouble, just as they are here in the United States. Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, wants to give 18-year-olds a free subscription to the paper of their choice.
What does he think this will accomplish? I stopped taking my local paper when I realized it'd been six months since I'd even taken it out of its plastic sleeve. Then it took me another year to get them to stop delivery. So it was essentially free, but I never read it.
The only thing that giving 18-year-olds free subscriptions is going to accomplish is to kill more trees. Guess that's good for the newsprint industry, perhaps: World's biggest newsprint co. files for bankruptcy.