We're seeing what looks like the erosion of the American middle class and the rise of a new aristocracy, as a very thin slice of the population reaps an ever larger share of the bounties of Information Age capitalism. Generosity sounds lovely as an economic principle, and I suppose it can be lovely in reality, too - so long as you're one of the chosen few who can afford to exchange precious gifts.
Carr Nicholas, « Generous to a fault ».
Mise à jour (06/04/2006) : la réflexion de Nicholas Carr se poursuit en signalant un texte fort pertinent qui aborde des questions que Karl Dubost avait déjà mis en lumière :
Before I continue, lest I be labeled disingenuous, I should make clear that I am NOT railing against all this. I use Flickr every day - more like 300 times a day; it's my #1 destination, almost as often as my email inbox - and I manage weblogs that sport Google Ads and Technorati tag.and del.ico.us links and all that stuff. I just want to try to make sure people actually realize what is going on.
We are all working for them. For free. That's how it's "about we". It's not a "media revolution", it's a reversion to feudal medievalism. "Voluntary servitude" it's been called (back in 1548!) (This is worth a read too though it has quite a Marxist taste to it. ;p
Anthony B., « It's not about you », Bopuc, 28 mars 2006.
It's not about you Auteurs
28 mars 2006
Generous to a fault Auteurs
05 avril 2006