Clash of the Titans

Chris Anderson says “free is the future of business” and supports Stewart Brand’s famous declaration "information wants to be free". He also writes a book on it – Free: The future of radical price
·         Argument: A decade and a half into the great online experiment, the last debates over free versus pay online are ending. In 2007 The New York Times went free; this year, so will much of The Wall Street Journal… -

Nicholas Carr says "information wants to be free my ass" (check this and this on Nick’s blog Rough Type)
        ·         Argument: Gizmodo reports that monthly information subscriptions and fees can easily run to $500 or more nowadays. A lot of people today probably spend more on information than they spend on food.

Malcolm Gladwell supports Nick...says Chris Anderson is Wrong
·       Malcolm Gladwell to Chris Anderson: No “Free” Lunch -
·       Gladwell dismisses Anderson as a “technological utopian” -
Seth Godin says "Malcolm Gladwell is wrong" about Chris Anderson
       ·         Malcolm is wrong - 

Nick Carr says “Internet is bad for us” and “Google is making us stupid”. Writes a book on it - The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
       ·         Argument - When the Net absorbs a medium, that medium is recreated in the Net's image. It injects the medium's content with hyperlinks, blinking ads, and other digital gewgaws, and it surrounds the content with the content of other media it has absorbed. A new e-mail message, for instance, may announce its arrival as we're glancing over the latest headlines at a newspaper's site. The result is to scatter our attention and diffuse our concentration

Clay Shirky says Nick is wrong

·        Abundance is good for us -
·        Problem is filter failure not info overload

    Tyler Cowen ( says what Nick calls “disjoint bits of distracting information” are actually “small cultural bits that are building blocks for seeing and understanding some larger trends and narratives. Our growing preference for small cultural bits enhances our understanding of the beauty of the broader human story, even though not every part of the outside world looks so pretty…

    ·       Argument - It’s no accident that most of the great scientific and technological innovation over the last millennium has taken place in crowded, distracting urban centers. The printed page itself encouraged those manifold connections, by allowing ideas to be stored and shared and circulated more efficiently. One can make the case that the Enlightenment depended more on the exchange of ideas than it did on solitary, deep-focus reading.

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