Wednesday, April 07, 2004

1. In the Introduction to Digital Capitalism, Schiller asks “what motivated this increasingly widespread decision to interoperate computer systems?” I don’t tend to think of interoperating as a choice anymore – it seems to be the given ideal, but if this really was a “revolution,” there could be a backlash – is it possible that significant groups of people could opt out of the Internet in the future and still be “successful”?

2. In Chapter 3, p 98, Schiller asks how “formerly disparate media products [will] retain their discrete revenue streams?” This book was published in 2000 – what has changed since then in regards to this question?

3. Several of our readings, including the GNU Manifesto, advocate a view of the Internet as "free," but the Internet that Schiller describes is apparently not free from manipulation by a few agents. Can both “sides” of this debate continue indefinitely, or will one view win out? Do you think open source is really a viable business model (how could it be or why not)? Would open source solve the problem of "inequality and domination" that Schiller describes, or just lead to other forms of these problems?


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