The expectation of web apps being free just moved the costs elsewhere. Now we're paying for the previous generation's idealism -- content creators struggling to monetize, and intractable advertising-based surveillance business models.

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@ross I just finished Who Owns the Future by Jaron Lanier which is one long argument for this thesis and felt like griping

@ross TLDR making information free was a mistake that will impoverish the middle class and enrich those who own the biggest servers.

@arcalinea @ross I've seen a credible argument along similar lines that pushes back against the belief that all software must be copyleft. In this case, it focused on bottom-up distribution of wealth (releasing the fruit of significant efforts under the GPL and still having a comfortable roof over your head may imply a certain degree of privilege), rather than top-down (BigCo can more easily enclose free software and extract $$$ than any one smaller actor).

@trurl @ross I've heard this more often recently too, and tend to agree. Open source provides undeniable value for the world, but open source contributors should get paid so they can afford a decent life and not just run on idealism and fumes.

@ross If you already agree with the above argument, it may be redundant because it's aimed more at making the case for people who either think business as usual is great, or rebellion involves making everything free.

@arcalinea @ross He expands on that in "Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now" but still doesn't offer a solution.

I think we need a better distributed database of identity, attribution, and revokability, and I haven't yet figured out how to build one with just code, without legal infrastructure to fill the gaps.

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