Politics & Media
Mar 20, 2009, 10:35AM

It's not like they were caught unawares

A transcript from a 1995 discussion on journalism and the Internet—with Esther Dyson and Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.

Almost surreal:

It’s easy to read the transcript for passages that, with 14 years of hindsight, seem spectacularly ill-conceived. And there are plenty. “Are you making the assumption that we’re going to put all of our reporters online?” an incredulous Sulzberger asked toward the beginning of the panel. Isaacson, who recently advocated a micropayment system for online news, was certain in 1995 that readers would shell out a monthly subscription fee for Time Inc.’s digital magazines. “Throughout all forms of journalism, people have been willing to pay,” he said.


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