To hate on the Internets, Click Here.

In the current Guardian, American novelist Jonathan Franzen writes “What’s wrong with the modern world?”  Franzen retrieves cranky German polemicist Karl Kraus from the 1930’s to buttress a literary critique of the cultural evaporation accelerated by Big Capital solutionist appropriation of the Internets. Perhaps because there are so few public techno-critics in literary culture in . . . → Read More: To hate on the Internets, Click Here.

Deflationary economies yield free-product ecologies

As someone who gets paid to do foresight research, I have a brief response to the Fast Company article How To Thrive In The Free-Product Economy. They state as a “law:”

If a product on the market can be monetized by any means other than directly selling it, a comparable version of that product will . . . → Read More: Deflationary economies yield free-product ecologies

Wikipedia – The Sound of a Million Monkeys Typing

Britannica finally shut down its print version, and of course pundits blamed Wikipedia. They might have blamed Britannica online, on which you can search for free and read longer pieces. Just like Wikipedia.

We, the Weberati,  have been entranced by the rapid growth and apparent cooperative organization of the free-to-read Wikipedia.  Academics and commentators have . . . → Read More: Wikipedia – The Sound of a Million Monkeys Typing

Scholarly Publishing – Where is the Value Realized?

Now that Elsevier has withdrawn its support for the Research Works Act, it will be interesting to see if the academic boycott goes “full Occupy” on Elsevier (and other publishers) or recognizes that its been listened to with respect. Its a complicated and emerging relationship. Thinking about scholarly publishing as a service system, the authors . . . → Read More: Scholarly Publishing – Where is the Value Realized?