“So piracy is like the force of gravity. If you're holding something off the ground, sooner or later gravity is going to win and it will fall. For digital products it's the same thing - copyright protection schemes, coded into either law or software, are simply holding up a price against the force of gravity. Sooner or later, it will fall, either because the owner drops it or because the pirates knock it to the ground.”
“The engineers brought us the technical infrastructure of the Internet and Web—TCP/IP and http://—but we were the ones who figured out what to do with it. Because the technology was free and open to all, we, the users, experimented with it and together we populated it with our content, our ideas, and ourselves. The technologists invented the pot, but we filled it.”
“Free brings more liquidity to any marketplace, and more liquidity means that the market tends to work better. That's the real reason why Craigslist has taken over so much of the classifieds business—Free attracted people, but the marketplace efficiencies that came with Free ultimately kept them.”
“In short, doing things we like without pay often makes us happier than the work we do for a salary. You still have to eat, but as Maslow showed, there is more to life than that. The opportunity to contribute in a way that is both creative and appreciated is exactly the sort of fulfillment that Maslow privileged above all other aspirations, and what many jobs so seldom provide. No wonder the Web exploded, driven by volunteer labor—it made people happy to be creative, to contribute to have an impact, and to be recognized as expert in something.”
“The lesson from fiction is that we can't really imagine plenty properly. Our brains are wired for scarcity; we are focused on the things we don't have enough of, from time to money. That's what gives us our drive. If we get what we're seeking, we tend to quickly discount it and find a new scarcity to pursue. We are motivated by what we don't have, not what we do have.”
“Ten Principles of Abundance Thinking: 1. If it's digital sooner or later it's going to be free. 2. Atoms would like to be free, too, but they're not so pushy about it. 3. You can't stop Free. 4. You can make money from Free. 5. Redefine your market. 6. Round down. 7. Sooner or later you will compete with Free. 8. Embrace waste. 9. Free makes other things more valuable. 10. Manage for abundance, not scarcity.”
Chris Anderson: Mr. Anderson created a website for animal-like creatures. In the chat room, creatures can tell about their experiences and how they were transformed. They help each other cope with their new lives and everyday challenges. Kyle, AKA BeastNYC (Kyle's chatroom username), joins the chatroom with many other unique creatures.
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