“Why is a Facebook beer worth more than your news story?”

More smart questions fundamental to the discussion about the future of the news.

“What virtual goods teach us about paying for news” from Idea Lab’s Chris O’Brien:
Why will people spend $1 to send you a virtual beer on Facebook, but not to read a news story online?
Full post here.

Or, put anoher way, by Etaoin Shrdlu:
Americans are spending something like $1.6 billion a year for “virtual goods” — that is, things that exist only in cyberspace, like that Facebook beer, or status upgrades in a game — but we’re told they won’t spend squat on news. What’s up with that?
Read the full post here.

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