Thursday, August 31, 2006

Free as in Peer

Laurence Lessig's writes an interesting column Wired magazine. His latest entry is titled "Free as in Beer". The column starts off talking about free, or more accurately Open Source beer. It is a good read however towards the end there is the following discontinuous comment:
Although peer production is profitable for business, writes Benkler, "we are in the midst of a quite basic transformation in how we perceive the world around us and how we act, alone and in concert with others." What he calls nonmarket peer production is a critical part of this transformation. (sic)
Beer Peer? We all know that to appreciate beer you need to open the source, and that after appreciating beer you become a pee'r, but it is not the knd of thing that needs to be talked about.

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