Bloggers are heavily dependent on mainstream media, for ideas and for use as a football. The newspapers benefit a lot from the increased traffic sent by the bloggers and many columists get wider audience due to discussions in the blogosphere. But now New York Times has decided to make people pay for reading Friedman and Dowd
Beginning Monday, the Times will begin charging $49.95 a year to people who don’t get the paper delivered at home for access to those writers as well as other columnists for the Times’ business, metro and sports sections.[N.Y. Times website to charge for access to featured columnists]
They need to pay their bills, but I don’t know if many people will subscribe to their online service. Both San Jose Mercury News and San Francisco Chronicle too are shrinking their newsrooms.