The Good News Will Cost You
By Bryan Caplan
A standard rule of Internet content is that unless it’s pornographic, you don’t have to pay for it. But I just stumbled on a weird counter-example. If you want to read even the main stories on the Good News Network, you’ve got to pay upfront. From its mission statement:
What we offer
A Daily Dose of News to Enthuse — The Good News Network is a
clearinghouse for the gathering and dissemination of positive news
stories from around the globe. Daily stories will confirm what we
already believe — that good news itself is not in short supply; the
advertising of it is.
Citizens are invited to submit stories to the network. News
professionals in the mainstream media may also contribute to GNN-i so
that their optimistic news and commentary receives a wider audience and
Why Good News?
Good news can create positive changes — emotionally, physically and
materially — in any person’s life no matter their background.
Obviously I’ll stand up for the right of the Good News Network to charge for its services. But its business model baffles me. Who do they think they are – and could they be right?