During this recession, people are looking for ways to save money. Some, are looking to make more. Meet Mr. Diller, a man who is the CEO of InterActiveCorp and chairman over both Expedia and Ticketmaster. Mr. Diller does not like the idea of content being freely available on the internet. He wants to charge us, the end users, money so that we can view the stuff. He refers to so-called “polls” that were taken that say people would be willing to pay a small fee every month to view things such as news, videos, etc online.
I love capitalism but hate greed. It’s something that is present and something that I see happening all the time. I also imagined something like this would have to come along, especially since the internet is only in its first full decade. The question here is why does Mr. Diller and his friends at Media Corp. and Disney want to charge money for their offerings? One quick answer is that they are not making enough to fill their normally stuffed piggybanks. Sure, that’s all good and I am for people making money, but I am not sure if the Internet is a good place to do that. People on the Internet can be fickle. Maybe some would be willing to pay, or maybe in a time when everyone is actually tightening the belt on their finanacials, more people would still like to get free content.
In my personal opinion, paying for content is a waste of time and money. It makes things more complicated. If you have ever read a Wall Street Journal article online, and found that you only got the first part and then had to subscribe to the paper, you know that it is nothing but a pain in the neck. I can also find any information in that paper anywhere else that has those kinds of stories posted. So in the end, free alternatives look to be the best option. It is hard to say why you should pay for something when you already pay to get on the internet. Mr. Diller calls that statement a myth and suggests that there will be different levels of content offering. Honestly, I think he can bury that idea.