The usual industry angle on these things is to debate whether anyone is willing to pay, or what the price point is, or how it will affect competition. But as much as people point to the success of paid media like iTunes, they forget the key lesson of an average consumer being able to understand that a single song costs $0.99. What do I get from The New York Times for $0.99? Or for $99? I don’t really know, and I don’t know how long it will last. And if as a reader I can’t understand that simple transaction, and can’t anticipate how it affects my behavior of searching, reading, and sharing stories, then I might respond to the whole initiative by just throwing up my hands and going somewhere else.
Anil Dash on the NY Times’ pay plan