A Culture Addicted to FREE—How FREE is Poisoning the Internet & Killing the Creatives

A quite sensible call to arms. Do read.

But really, the part that caught my attention was the statement “at the end of the 1990s and beginning of the 2000s, average people generally were not in front of a computer outside of work.”

Am I that far beyond average? I spent more time in front of a computer some weeks than everything else put together: work, sleep, everything.

Okay, now that I put it that way, it does sound quite excessive. And even more excessive that I would drop everything to drive to meet in person the people I was talking to online.

But I wouldn’t trade that time of my life for anything; it was glorious! We were all so young and idealistic. We thought the Internet was going to change the world for the better, because of us. We thought that the equality provided by the web’s anonymity would translate to real life.

We weren’t assholes just to be assholes.

I know I seem off topic from the post I’m reblogging, but we’re approaching the same point from different directions: connectivity has not taken us to the places we envisioned. It’s taught the wrong lessons, and if we don’t learn more than what we’re handed, there will be hell to pay.

Two lessons to take home: don’t be an asshole, and everybody’s got to make a living.

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Image used with permission from the creator Ira Gelb. Image “Not for Sale” used with permission from the creator Ira Gelb who’s an activist in stopping Human Trafficking but authorized this image for use outside.

It’s funny, at various junctures I’ve felt propelled to tackle certain topics, even when that made me very unpopular. My biggest leviathan to date has been this notion of artists being expected to work for free, and I believe the reason that this topic is weighing so heavily on me is that, for the first time in years I’m no longer enthusiastic about our future.

In fact, I’m downright frightened, because of THIS.

I Feel Sick

Yesterday morning on my Facebook, a friend shared this open letter to Oprah Winfrey from a local performer in the Bay Area, Revolva, whose act caught the attention of mega-icon Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah was holding The Life You Want conference and the producers contacted Revolva to see if she…

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