Ted Rall for May 25, 2000
The nickle and diming of America It's the business model that just won't die! First they give you content free to get you hooked. You bitch! What do you want now? To make it up to you, Ariadne and I are inviting you to a threesome! Then they commercialize that content to get you used to the notion of a relationship between ideas and money. So how about it? Wanna get nasty? Cartoons that kick butt! Rall.com rocks! Next they split that content into a "basic" free crummy version and a "premium" pay version. Please choose one of these: basic - free, premium - $2.95 "Dear Mr. Guccione -" Soon the free option is eliminated. Now that you're used to paying for stuff you used to get for free... Content blacked pending payment approval ... It's easy to charge you tiny fees for each bit of information! Now that you're convinced, why not just cut to the chase and start paying up now? Credit limit exceeded. Do you own a home? If so, you may sign over your equity at cartoonpay.com. Yes, take me there. No, release virus.