That’s the question posed by Joe Wilcox. He was about to pay $155 to renew an online subscription to WSJ. Excuse me? I can’t imagine why you would need that. Between Google Reader and the many RSS feeds I have on my iGoogle “Tech” tab, I know I wouldn’t have need for such a thing. This is a very slippery slope Rupert and friends are walking. The genie is long out of the bottle. If you close off one news source behind a pay wall (Newsday, ahem) there are a ton of other news sites out there for free.