This week on Hidden Brain, we explore this tension at the heart of journalism. And we’ll consider another thorny question: when nobody wants to pay for the press, does someone ultimately foot the bill?
These days there are plenty of ways to pay little—or nothing—to read the news. Millions of Americans have simply decided they don’t need a subscription to their local newspaper.
But new research suggests this strategy may have costs in the long run. That’s because newspapers are not like most things we purchase. If we decide not to buy a watch or a cappuccino, we save money. But if we decide not to pay for a police department, we might save money in the short run, but end up paying more in the long run.