Since its beginning, the internet and a broad, loose conception of “freedom” have been inextricably linked. The “first web page,” authored by Tim Berners Lee, described the web as a “wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents.” The notion of a “free and open internet” has animated some of the web’s biggest movements, from open-source software to Wikipedia to, in some cases, outright theft. Broadband connections grew popular, leaving users continuously logged on. Regular internet users soon came to expect that almost every type of media they once paid for — music, movies, news — would be available for free, legally or otherwise.
This is an excellent piece on BuzzFeed that’s worth a read. He valid point is made that at one point in the not too distant past, the thought of paying for content on the Web was preposterous; now that’s shifted. In fact, in many areas, pay per view and pay per click are seen as better alternatives than bundled services. It’s a changing mobile world built on shifting sands. If you don’t learn how to rebalance, you’re going to fall right on your ass.