Read this. It’s one of the more concise arguements I’ve seen yet as to why the anti-Google crusade may well be a pointless and self-destructive exercise in futility. I especially like the corn flakes metaphor. Absolutely perfect. At the risk of repeating myself, Murdoch et. al. simply aren’t getting what’s going on out here. If you want to get paid for your material, then you have to convince people to willingly pay up. Putting up barriers, making things more difficult and trying to compel people to fork over cash for stuff they might be interested in but not really need isn’t going to get the job done. One more time, it takes a rather impressive ego for these folks to think their material is so much more valuable than everything else out here, and that it alone will alter the landscape of the internet and people’s behavior online. Good luck with that.
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