A sad day
I'm always a bit conflicted about things like this. Half of me thinks "What a greedy shower of twats", given that The Onion has been free to read online for years and has still managed to make enough money to run an entire TV channel off, so it's hard to believe they need to start doing this to survive.
The other half says "Hey, maybe this means people will come to stop thinking that all online writing – in fact, any kind of writing – should be free", and that there might still be some hope of reversing the trend of the last decade or so and being able to make a living out of it.
My other half is pretty naive, it should be said. But it's always nice to have a little glimmer of hope, I guess.