Nothing is Free

Was reading Malcolm Gladwell’s take on Chris Anderson’s “Free: The Future of a Radical Price,” and was struck by two things:

1.) The price you pay for free content isn’t money, it’s time. There’s a reason I don’t download every free App on the iPhone App Store – it’s because most of it is garbage. Where the future is going to come from re: free content is in ranking and filtering systems that people trust. Otherwise ALL free content is going to be filtered out as garbage, because no one can sort the wheat from the chaff.

2.) Anderson’s charging $26.99 for his book? Fuck that. For someone who’s advocating the bullshit that “information wants to be free,” he’s charging a hell of a fucking lot more than free.


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