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Roy Greenslade writes: "Former U.S. newspaper editor John Robinson, who now teaches journalists, writes about newspapers charging for online newspaper access: "As more newspapers move to paywalls, it comes clearer to me that publishers are attempting to use a band-aid to cover a bullet hole." To illustrate his point he relates an anecdote about asking his class of 20-year-old students at Elon University in North Carolina how many were on Facebook: "All 33 raised their hands. Many of them suggested they were addicted to the social network... I asked how many would pay $1 a month for Facebook membership. All raised their hands. 'Five dollars?' I asked. A few dropped out. 'Ten dollars a month?' I asked. Nearly every hand stayed down. 'No one?' I said. 'I thought you guys were addicted?' A student piped up with an explanation: 'Someone will invent something else to take its place that is free.'"