Ya know, this would be so much easier to take if it weren't so obviously loony. It looks like digital goods are infinite because distribution costs are soooo low but they're not. The upfront costs are just as high as with regular costs and they're often higher because programmers are relatively expensive.
This notion that we're post-scarcity deliberately impoverishes the creators of digital goods by preventing them from trading their work for those that produce non-digital goods like food or housing. It's not like the farmer is going to be cool and just give food to the open source software project because it's, like, open source and we're all post-scarcity and all.
Now we can have a world where digital goods are traded without cost but it will impoverish this world and the creators who live with in it. Everyone will need to have a day job working in the non-digital world to earn enough for food. The best evidence of this may be the way that the post-scarcity crowd clings to ideas like "remixes", a form of art that can't afford to pay for the scraps it uses. It's like trashpicking and dumpster diving. It can be artful, sure, but it's ultimately a scavenger's existence that stripmines the world instead of building it up.
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This message brought to you by a shiftless hippie on your lawn, who isn't going anywhere anytime soon, no matter how high a horse you climb on.
I try to give back to the community to make it, and hopefully communities beyond it a better place. I do this despite being disabled by fatigue, amongst other things. I have contributed towards getting a working hackspace in one of the most expensive places in the UK, and whilst other people have contributed far more than me I have tried my best.
How about you?
My dreams have kept me going when I had little hope of things getting better.
Se my comment about being called selfish. I give as much as I can, but this capitalist society seems to want more.
Now if you are not a mouthpiece for the IP rights groups, then you seem to have an interest in keeping the status quo. As the current system is so broken both socialists and capitalists are complaining about it I would like to know what it is.
Back on topic, I actually like the ideas being suggested by !!Con. Not everything is an individualist competition which need winners and losers.
Post-scarcity hacker convention: !!Con
Talk about scarcity, the title at the top of this page shortchanged us out of one bang!
Post-scarcity hacker convention: !Con
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