If NZ herald is, then wouldn't stuff follow? Also this is on top of all the small newspapers which are closing down. Haven't newspapers always largely got their money from advertising? But it the online world, most advertising money goes offshore to google and facebook, and not that much tax seems to be paid back into the NZ economy from this. Google seems to harvest a lot of news from these websites too, which links back to these website, so if they paywall the stories they may not get those link backs.
Agree, its all got lost. A paper with news and ads is fine. But it goes too far, it becomes infotainment. The paper version of Google/Facebook.
Perhaps paper news may make a re invention of real news, low cost, to real people. Uber driver throwing papers that have ads but NO infotainment next, how novel!
Bottom line is that the internet is great, but its not great at all things.
People yak that the internet should be free of control, etc. But in reality its all about control and manipulation. Im not saying that as a greenie slash ban the bomb, slash Woodstock person, but the reality is the internet for all is being used as a tool by most.