Crazy talk about newspapers

TJ Sullivan proposes “It’s time for every daily newspaper in the United States, in cooperation with the Associated Press, to shut down their free Web sites for one week.”

Ah, you first TJ.

Longtime media consultant and pundit Vin Crosbie on Twitter reacts:

Please tell this bozo Sullivan that his ‘newspaper cartel’ idea has been tried before (New Century Network)?

Old ideas become new, cartels, pay models. What next, dialup modems to save print, outlaw broadband?


  1. Leaving aside the newspaper industry, do cartels work out great for anyone? How’s that oil cartel, OPEC, working for its members?
    How many have managed to parley their cartel membership into a stable, prosperous economy that is broader than oil? Are any of them less vulnerable to the wild swings in oil prices than they were before?
    How happy are the people in those countries?

  2. Cartels aren’t stable because the reward for the first defecter is huge.
    Typically one defecter is enough to affect the cartel’s power, but it might not be enough to destroy it. One OPEC nation defecting would hurt the cartel, but that one country couldn’t supply the entire world with oil.
    However, for online news all it would take is one defecter to supply the world with free news.

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