Oxygen Is Free

Great quote on the commoditization of words, courtesy the J-School’s not-yet-unveiled weblog on intellectual property (stay tuned):

Clay Shirky on the mass amateurization of publishing and why weblogs are as good as gold:

“Oxygen is more vital to human life than gold, but because air is abundant, oxygen is free. Weblogs make writing as abundant as air, with the same effect on price. Prior to the web, people paid for most of the words they read. Now, for a large and growing number of us, most of the words we read cost us nothing. ”

Music: Sonic Youth :: My Friend Goo

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