First, while I don't think I need defend myself for subscribing to the Times and not a single Canadian paper, all I would need to do is conduct an objective compare-and-contrast between a typical copy of the Times and a typical copy of one of the Toronto dailies. I could do that, it wouldn't be pretty, but I won't do that because my time will be better spent doing something productive today.
Second, the rate increase is close to $30 each month. That's a lot, especially when I consider my salary, my other expenses (thank you GO Transit), and that the entirety of the New York Times is available free, online, everyday.
Up to today, I had resisted switching to reading the Times online. Sure I'm part of that age where I shouldn't be averse to anything available on the Internet. I watch TV on the Internet. I get/pay for my music online. But when it comes to reading newspapers, I still prefer the printed version.
Unless it comes with a $30 increase to read.
Paying that doesn't make sense. I understand the plight of newspapers. And I hate to take away the money I was giving the Times for its product but I was happy to continue paying the rate I paid last month. I'm not willing to pay the rate the paper wants me to next month.
Online it is. I won't have to worry about my crap delivery guy. I hope my subscription cancellation doesn't mean more lost jobs. But charging your current subscribers more hardly seems like the revolutionary idea that will save the newspaper industry.
NOTE: This isn't the relaunch of the blog. Not yet. I planned to do something this weekend and get things started on this refresh project but I was pulled in other directions, to use corporate-speak excuse of I'm f---ing busy. I haven't forgot my plans. It's coming down. Sit tight.