Barlow, John Perry.  “The Next Economy of Ideas.”  Wired.  October 2000.  Print

  • This piece is a reflection on the Napster case and its effects on the information economy.
  • A core claim that Barlow makes here is that “The free proliferation of expression does not decrease its commercial value.  Free access increases it, and should be encouraged rather than stymied.
  • The first use of “DotCommunism” appears in this article.
  • Another chief claim “Noncommercial distribution of information increases the sale of commercial information.  Abundance breeds abundance.”
  • Barlow sees relationship, convenience, interactivity, service, and ethics as the practical values that will sustain artistic creation in the post-copyright era.
  • Again, Barlow harps on the relationship as the core component of the knowledge economy.
  • Barlow notes that interactivity is also the future of creation.
  • Barlow argues that “ethics” are making a comeback on the net because of 1) the staidness and archivablity of information on the web; and 2) the realization that the net is something of a global community will engender good-will (wow, the idealism!).
  • Barlow recommends thinking about the net as an ecology of mind – an ecosystem.
  • Serialization and live speech over the net might serve as new venues of commerce in Barlowe’s system of neopatronage.

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