We do like getting stuff for free. Lovely stuff, lots of stuff, as much stuff as possible, and all for nothing.
Why buy one when you can buy one get one free? Want your news for nothing? It's everywhere, so why pay? No need to buy music when you can beg, steal or borrow. Like extra TV channels? Forget Sky, it's free to view. Need entertaining? The web has everything for nothing.
But just because we get something for free, doesn't mean it didn't cost.
Two for the price of one just means that one was overpriced. Journalists still need paying, and adverts don't always bring enough in. Who'd join the music business when there's no business to be had? When there are too many TV channels, the smallest become unsupportable. Somebody paid for that webpage you're reading, either in time or money.
So moving to a get-it-for-free economy has its downsides.
Much of the free food we accumulate ends up wasted in the bin. Why buy a once-a-day paper when it's all on the net constantly updated? When only the biggest bands have a career, who'll invest in unproven talent? If the licence fee is cut, we'll either get less BBC or a worse BBC. Stick up an online paywall and readers will simply get their fun elsewhere.
We're used to free now, and may never accept charges again. But other people won't do stuff for nothing for ever. Either they'll start charging, or they'll stop doing. So enjoy free, because surely it can't last.