In contemporary society, we are accustomed to islands of abundance within
deserts of scarcity, islands which must be defended against a constant
pressure. Western ideas about economics are founded on this assumption, that
there is not enough to go around. Something is considered to be valuable in
the degree to which it is scarce, therefore an unlimited resource has very
limited value. But this directly contradicts the basic nature of digital
products - any sequence of bits can be copied any number of times. And so we
are witnessing an enormous effort to prevent computers and networks from
doing what they're particularly good at: copying and distributing
information. This contradiction can only be resolved by abandoning the idea
that scarcity is the only measure of value.
Just something to think about …
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