Links for 12th February 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. The Myth Of The Original Content Creator

    "Every content creator is building on the works of others, and there are plenty of business models that can be put in place easily that don't require "protection" at all. It may be more difficult for someone who makes their living helping enforce those protections to see it, but we're seeing it every day."

    Tagged with: copyrightcreativityinnovationcontentIPbusinessmodel

  2. Doomed: why Wikipedia will fail

    "Now, the editors themselves discourage the contributions of others through "xenophobia" toward outsiders; Goldman believes that they see "threats" everywhere and points out that the greater part of all edits made to the site are actually reverted by these editors. In addition, plenty of political jockeying takes place among editors. And editors have few incentives for their work—no way to make money, no real way even to earn attribution. Together, these problems mean that as editors get burned out by patrolling for spam and vandalism, fewer new people will be interested in stepping up to plug the gap."

    Tagged with: culturemediaweb2.0communitywikipedia

  3. Damien Hirst and Darwin

    "… treating Darwin, or any other scientist, as a wonder-worker just turns science into a priesthood. That doesn't do anyone any good, neither scientists nor the rest of us. Darwin was a good man and his theory was a great one. But believing it, even understanding it, won't make the goodness and the greatness rub off on the believers."

    Tagged with: Darwinscienceevolutionreligionmarketingframingartculturepolitics

  4. Why aren’t ebooks taking off? Not enough pirates

    "To put it less glibly, the publishing industry isn't being forced to confront a radical shift in consumer behaviour caused by technology, because that scenario just is not happening. Customers aren't forcing the issue by choosing to abandon books and read pirated text instead. And this means the problem isn't there to be confronted."

    Tagged with: technologybookspublishingebookpiracy

  5. How More Info Leads to Less Knowledge

    "[Proctor] has developed a word inspired by this trend: agnotology. Derived from the Greek root agnosis, it is "the study of culturally constructed ignorance." As Proctor argues, when society doesn't know something, it's often because special interests work hard to create confusion. Anti-Obama groups likely spent millions insisting he's a Muslim; church groups have shelled out even more pushing creationism. The oil and auto industries carefully seed doubt about the causes of global warming. And when the dust settles, society knows less than it did before. "People always assume that if someone doesn't know something, it's because they haven't paid attention or haven't yet figured it out," Proctor says. "But ignorance also comes from people literally suppressing truth—or drowning it out—or trying to make it so confusing that people stop caring about what's true and what's not."

    Tagged with: internetculturemediainformationknowledgecorruptionignorancedisinformationagnotology

  6. Amish Hackers

    "Turns out the Amish make a distinction between using something and owning it. The Old Order won't own a pickup truck, but they will ride in one. They won't get a license, purchase an automobile, pay insurance, and become dependent on the automobile and the industrial-car complex, but they will call a taxi. Since there are more Amish men than farms, many men work at small factories and these guys will hire vans driven by outsiders to take them to and from work. So even the horse and buggy folk will use cars – under their own terms. (Very thrifty, too.)"

    Tagged with: technologyculturereligioncommunitysustainabilityhackersamishnew-southsea

  7. Adam Smith gets the last laugh

    "How then would Adam Smith fix the present mess? Sorry, but it is fixed already. The answer to a decline in the value of speculative assets is to pay less for them. Job done."

    Tagged with: businesseconomicslibertariancapitalismanarchismAdam-Smith

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