Dick Eastman recently had a provocative article about the impact of the growing expense of death notices published in newspapers. Obituaries, which used to be essentially free, can not cost hundreds of dollars. And the higher that cost goes, the fewer will be the people who can bear the expense.
Dick cites an example of the situation from the San Francisco Chronicle, and this past year I had a similar situation with the Milwaukee Journal. The bottom line for genealogists of the future is that there may not be obituaries available to research.
You can read Dick's article at http://tinyurl.com/y2qwdsp. He also provides a link to the original article which came from Alan Mutter's Blog.