In a nutshell: the New York Times’s David Carr doesn’t know.

The Times “probably” has “the wherewithal to operate into 2011,” writes Carr. While “throwing up a big content wall would satisfy a visceral need on the part of journalists to have people pay for their work….it would be a bet-the-company move at a very perilous time for media companies.”

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.