We really are living in rapidly changing times. Technology has given us the ability to move information and a faster pace than we have ever imagined. It has also allowed us to inform just about everyone across the globe that has the ability to get online.
But all of this cost money. Information is for everyone but it can’t always be free. Someone has to make a living and pay the bills. The model of news institutions giving away information for free is not sustainable. At some point someone will have to start paying. I think that time is coming sooner than later.
Years ago it became the norm to get free information online and be perfectly content with that. News outlets still had their print subscribers and I think very few believed that they would go away. We have seen from the past decade or so that this has been proven wrong. More and more news organizations are getting deeper in the red. Their bottom lines are no longer keeping the companies afloat.
You are starting to see it more and more with outlets across the country. For sports you have sites like The Athletic that have started up with the idea that if they get the top writers from across the country to write about national and local sports that people will start paying a premium for their product.
They might be on to something as they just had $20 million in third round funding for the organization to expand into new cities and bring on new writers. You don’t normally do that and do not secure that much money if your model if floundering. People are paying for quality information.
Even our Omaha World Herald has made it impossible to read many of their articles without a subscription. Gone are the days where you just needed to scrub your browsers history and cookies or read in Google’s incognito mode to view an article. You now need a subscription.
I bring this up because I had three really informative and well written articles for flakes this morning and I had to jettison them because of their respective paywalls. It stinks but I can’t disagree with these companies do this. Again, someone has to pay the bills and if the money isn’t there to support these news outlets then they will cease to exist and we will end up having very limited options for our news.
If you want quality you are going to have to pay. Regardless of your views on our society and how capitalism works this is the model we have. If anything, it breeds competition and creativity. We as consumers just have to get used to it.
Anyway, on to flakes…
Cornhuskers
Nebraska bowling team knocked out by McKendree again | More Husker sports | journalstar.comMcKendree had Nebraska’s number again.
Nebraska track and field wins four events at McDonnell Invitational | Teams | omaha.comNebraska won four event titles Friday during the first day of the John McDonnell Invitational.
Huskers rally to split doubleheader with Iowa | Baseball | journalstar.comThe wind shifted, and so did Nebraska’s fortunes.
Max Duggan commits to TCU: Where does Nebraska go from here with QB recruiting?Max Duggan commits to TCU One of Nebraska’s top quarterbacks targets in the 2019 recruiting class is off the board. Max Duggan, a 4-star recruit from Council Bluffs, Iowa, announced his commitment to TCU on Sunday.

COMMITTED! #GoFrogs pic.twitter.com/XfAfBITQ2u— Max Duggan (@MaxDuggan_10) April 16, 2018

Duggan had been a favorite of former Huskers
Wide World of Sports
NBA playoff predictions: Rockets vs. Raptors finals matchup is coming. – SBNation.comAfter reviewing every team’s regular season and its likely path through the 2018 playoffs, here are the postseason predictions you need.
2018 Stanley Cup playoffs – The experience effect – Which NHL teams are impacted most?Experience can be a deciding factor in an evenly matched series. That’s good news for teams like the Ducks; not so much for teams like the Avs.

More Noise and Other Disturbances
Yeast Came From China – The AtlanticBaker’s yeast, brewer’s yeast, yeast that lives in infected toenails—they all descended from a common ancestor.
MSU Board Meeting Erupts As Larry Nassar Victim Says School President Tried To Buy Her OffWhile speaking at a tense Michigan State University board meeting today, Kaylee Lorincz, who said she was sexually abused by former MSU doctor Larry Nassar, detailed a troubling interaction with interim president John Engler. According to Lorincz, Engler attempted to “coerce” her into settling a civil lawsuit against the school without her attorney present.
Where Blue-Collar America Is Strongest | FiveThirtyEightPresident Trump seems ready to declare victory in his effort to make America great again; last month, he said the slogan for his 2020 re-election campaign will …

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