‘Digital Maoism’: Does Information Really Want To Be Free?

An unhealthy social contract has developed on the Web, says Jaron Lanier, one in which “authors, journalists, musicians and artists are encouraged to treat the fruits of their intellects and imaginations as fragments to be given without pay to the [online] hive mind. Reciprocity takes the form of self-promotion. Culture is to become precisely nothing but advertising.”

Source: New York Times 01/12/10