The Death Of Open Source

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. Andrew Keen on Internet Evolution
    <http://www.internetevolution.com/author.asp?section_id=556&doc_id=166342&>:

    So how will today's brutal economic climate change the Web 2.0 "free"
    economy? It will result in the rise of online media businesses that
    reward their contributors with cash; it will mean the success of Knol
    over Wikipedia, Mahalo over Google ... Hulu LLC over YouTube Inc.... The
    hungry and cold unemployed masses aren’t going to continue giving away
    their intellectual labor on the Internet in the speculative hope that
    they might get some "back end" revenue. "Free" doesn’t fill anyone’s
    belly; it doesn’t warm anyone up.

    When, in 50 years time, the definitive histories of the Web 2.0 epoch
    are written, historians will look back at the open-source mania between
    2000 and 2008 with a mixture of incredulity and amusement. How could
    tens of thousands of people have donated their knowledge to Wikipedia or
    the blogosphere for free? What was it about the Internet that made so
    many of us irrational about our economic value? It was a "mania," these
    mid-21st-century historians will explain, like the Dutch Tulip mania of
    the 1630s or South Sea Bubble of 1720 -- a mania that ended with the
    great crash of October 2008.

    Not a single thing he said came out anywhere near right
    <http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110119/15330012736/look-back-andrew-keens-failed-predictions.shtml>.
     
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Jan 28, 2011
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