More than a decade ago the debate began.
First there were the true believers in print. They asserted the slow-loading, computer-crashing Internet would never replace the trusted newspaper.
Then there were the early adopters. They believed the new media would fully take the place of the inky, once-a-day newspaper.
Then there were the debates: The degree of content that should be placed online, the degree of content that should first be placed online, the degree of content that should only be placed online.
Free. Or paid. Or linked to a print subscription. Or added to a print subscription.
The short-form video, Epic 2015, predicted that the commoditization of content would predicate an elite, offline New York Times.
Tell Rall, in his alternative weekly blog, suggests there is no other choice for newspapers but to take three routes: go offline, protect everything with copyright, and discontinue the wire services. He sees that course of action as the last chance for the ailing newspaper business in the U.S.
It makes for an interesting read, and it's not nearly as retro as one might think.