The Internet is one of the most important inventions humankind has ever thought up. We can talk to one another regardless of physical location, purchase nearly anything on planet Earth - even physical and digital illicit goods alike - and access all sorts of information.
Like all good things, the free era of the Internet - the golden age we're living in - may very well end before we know it. The United States, the most well-connected country on planet Earth in terms of Internet users, just ended net neutrality guidelines, potentially causing limitations on free access in other countries wishing to follow the United States' move as a precedent.
Here's one thing that we do know is wrong with the Internet as it stands today - paywalls. Who needs money anyway? Boo paywalls!
How do websites make money? Put simply, the go-to strategy for web pages to earn money is to host advertisements. Businesses, organizations, and other entities pay more money to get their ads on better-trafficked sites.
As such, websites make money by posting quality content and otherwise offering their readers, visitors, and other web users value.
News media publications are notorious for requiring visitors to be paid subscribers in order to access content. Some publications provide a few articles, videos, or other pieces per month to users for free, though accidentally visiting such websites or clicking on articles inadvertently can deplete your monthly ration of free sample articles. Subscribing to one publication doesn't cost that much money...
Subscribing to most publications with paywalls - and some four out of five modern digital news outlets put hard paywalls in place - doesn't cost much more than a dollar per subscription, though keeping up with current events and other areas of living you're interested in likely isn't possible using only one media source.
Think of how many news sources you regularly keep up with. Probably a few handfuls' worth, right? That's a lot of paywalls.
The Economist - protected by paywalls - published an article titled "How to fix what has gone wrong with the Internet."
Try clicking on the link - you'll soon see "You've reached your article limit." Go figure! For more information click here https://i.redd.it/7ma99hz1xw711.png.