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The Inconvenient Truth About Print, a Response to Clay Shirky

The Inconvenient Truth About Print, a Response to Clay Shirky | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Follow Newsonomics @kdoctor. First published at Nieman Journalism Lab. I have to say, I find it funny to be called an apologist for the legacy news industry, as Clay Shirky suggested in an overnight post.
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A few quibbles with Clay Shirky's 'Nostalgia and Newspapers ...

A few quibbles with Clay Shirky's 'Nostalgia and Newspapers ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Five years ago Clay Shirky wrote an eloquent blog post titled “Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable.” His essential argument was that we were only at the very beginning of trying to figure out new models for journalism following the cataclysmic changes wrought by the Internet — like Europeans in the decades immediately following the invention of Gutenberg’s press. Along with a subsequent talk he gave at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, Shirky helped me frame the ideas that form the foundation of “The Wired City,” my book about online community journalism.

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The sharing economy isn't 'collaborative consumption,' it's 'disaster capitalism' - Los Angeles Times

The sharing economy isn't 'collaborative consumption,' it's 'disaster capitalism' - Los Angeles Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


The best thing about the sharing economy is that it lets ordinary people turn a quick profit by renting out their assets.

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Mini-review of The Zero Marginal Cost Society by Jeremy Rifkin ...

Mini-review of The Zero Marginal Cost Society by Jeremy Rifkin ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Capitalism is waning, Rifkin argues in The Zero Marginal Cost Society, and it will be replaced by a Digital Commons world in which nearly everything we need, including energy and physical goods, are so close to free as to be negligible. I read this book thoroughly after hearing an NPR interview with Rifkin, and in particular his claim that exponential speedups in technology are driving the cost of energy and goods towards zero.  This book is filled with naivete regarding technology and regarding the physical world. It feels to me as if someone who grew up inside the headspace of a computer- in the world of bits and bytes- came forth into the physical world, then assumed that everything they learned inside a single computer applies to our actual universe.  Let me be systematic below. Let’s write a quick primer for any digital progeny out there. Read this while still trapped in a computer universe:

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The Case Against Sharing

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On access, scarcity, and trust (Interesting perspective on the sharing economy.
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Capitalism won’t be destroyed by its failures, but its greatest success is another matter | Conservative Home

Capitalism won’t be destroyed by its failures, but its greatest success is another matter | Conservative Home | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What happens to capitalism once marginal costs fall to the point at which its products can be given away for free?
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Rob Atkinson: Our Marxist, Techno-Nirvana is Just Around the Corner: The World According to Jeremy Rifkin | The In

Rob Atkinson: Our Marxist, Techno-Nirvana is Just Around the Corner: The World According to Jeremy Rifkin | The In | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Race to Innovate · Tagged: productivity Techno-utopianism seems to be a particularly American phenomena.
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Why Trust Is the Sharing Economy's Pipe Dream - Inc.com

Why Trust Is the Sharing Economy's Pipe Dream - Inc.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Trusting thy neighbor: It's the supposed premise of so many startups in the "sharing economy." Renting your cozy bed to a complete stranger on Airbnb, jumping in a non-professional's car for an UberX ride, or dropping your pooch off at a nearby home via DogVacay while you're out of town. Each of these acts seems on its surface to require a hearty scoop of trust.

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The Battle for Marginal-Cost Connectivity - Huffington Post

The Battle for Marginal-Cost Connectivity - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The connected economy that Jeremy Rifkin describes in The Zero Marginal Cost Society rests on a foundation of broadband communications networks. Yet those networks, paradoxically, may be some of the strongest hold-outs from the changes he describes. Without the right policy decisions, Rifkin's vision of sustained innovation and value creation through the collaborative commons is far from guaranteed.

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Zero Marginal Thinking: Jeremy Rifkin gets it all wrong

Zero Marginal Thinking: Jeremy Rifkin gets it all wrong | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A note from the publisher says Jeremy Rifkin himself asked them to ship me a copy of his latest book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society. It’s obvious why: in writing about the economics of open-source software, he thinks I provided one of the paradigmatic cases of what he wants to write about – the displacement of markets in scarce goods by zero-marginal-cost production. Rifkin’s book is an extended argument that this is is a rising trend which will soon obsolesce not just capitalism as we have known it, but many forms of private property as well.

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Has the Post-Capitalist Economy Finally Arrived? - Working Knowledge

Has the Post-Capitalist Economy Finally Arrived? - Working Knowledge | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A new force is driving economies--companies such as Airbnb that have few marginal costs and even fewer employees, rendering traditional forms of capitalism unrecognizable. Is this the start of the post-capitalist economy? asks Jim Heskett. What do YOU think?


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What Jeremy Rifkin gets wrong about capitalism, communism, and the Internet of Things

What Jeremy Rifkin gets wrong about capitalism, communism, and the Internet of Things | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I’ve often wondered what Jeremy Rifkin is for and I’m afraid that I still haven’t come up with a satisfactory solution. What he actually does is almost as puzzling: release a book every few years telling us that the entire planet’s about to change in some gloriously unfathomable way, do the book tour then go off to write another one. The last I recall he was telling us that it was going to be the hydrogen economy that ushered in some form of nirvana for us all. The latest campaign appears to be about how the internet of things will do so. That Rifkin thinks this is going to be important makes me bearish on Google’s acquisition of Nest.

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We Do Not Live in a Post-Scarcity World

We Do Not Live in a Post-Scarcity World | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Jeremy Rifkin long has perfected the art of adding two and two and getting five. In the 1980s, he claimed that entropy made it impossible for a free economy to exist, and therefore Rifkin concluded the state needed to plan and run things. How the state would triumph over the second law of thermodynamics is anyone’s guess. He later declared that a new “hydrogen economy” was just around the corner — government just needed to engage in central planning and order hydrogen to be our new fuel of choice.

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makes a caricature of Rifkin's position and then attacks it… 

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Wikipediocracy

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On Monday, November 4th, cloudy skies and cool temperatures will engulf Barcelona, Spain, as Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales delivers a paid keynote speech to a conference of information technologists, meeting at the Alfresco Summit. What Jimbo will be leaving in his rear-view mirror are the heated arguments taking place on Wikipedia, regarding a controversy about purportedly 250 “sockpuppet” editor accounts that stand accused of conflict-of-interest and paid advocacy editing. (The story was broken by Simon Owens at The Daily Dot.) That news spawned coverage in over 100 different media outlets, including TIME, BBC News, and Wall Street Journal. Many of the follow-up articles focused on concerns that Wikipedia is doomed, with “editor churn” a growing and intractable problem, and questions arising about whether an “anyone can edit” model can ever produce a truly neutral and reliable reference. Maybe Jimmy Wales’ prophecy is coming true, where he said, “Given enough time humans will screw up Wikipedia just as they have screwed up everything else.”

 
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The Great Failure of Wikipedia

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I have now tried extended interaction with Wikipedia. I consider it a failure. In doing so, I will describe why, instead of just slinking off into the night on my projects. Maybe it will do some good. Maybe it will not. I’m sure, at the end of the day, there must be hundreds like me at this point. Burned, slapped, ejected from the mothership for not following the rules, no matter how intricate and foolish. Let me at least go with some smoke.

 
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Wikipedia black helicopters circle Utah's Traverse Mountain

Wikipedia black helicopters circle Utah's Traverse Mountain | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Exclusive "We aren't democratic." That's how Wikipedia founder Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales described his famously-collaborative online encyclopedia in a recent puff piece from The New York Times Magazine. "The core community appreciates when someone is knowledgeable," he said, "and thinks some people are idiots and shouldn't be writing."

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Philip Sandifer: Writer: Wikipedia Goes All-In on Transphobia

We’ll start with the good news. After a second move discussion, Wikipedia has decided to move the article on Chelsea Manning back to her actual name instead of misgendering and misnaming her. This brings us to the bad news, which is essentially everything else, and in particular everything surrounding the arbitration committee case.   This case has led to the declaration that calling out transphobia on Wikipedia is unacceptable, that trans activists are disqualified from working on articles involving trans subjects, and that it's more acceptable for people employed by the US military to covertly edit the Chelsea Manning article than it is for trans advocates to do so openly.

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Study: The Lott Page

SYNOPSIS: Consumers already know to be wary of random assertions they find on the web. The Wikipedia entry for "John Lott" gives a classic example of why consumers should be not only careful to check the assertions they find on the web, but also the quality and policies of the source as well.

 
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Why Wikipedia Can't Work

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Wikipedia claims (or is promoted by its users as) a replacement for the traditional encyclopedia. They frequently compare themselves to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, but in reality Wikipedia is not an adequate substitute, let alone a replacement. What's more, because of fundamental problems in Wikipedia's philosophy, design, and operation, it would appear impossible for Wikipedia to ever become such a substitute.

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The Acta Pauli blog and Wikipedia trolls

By accident last night I came across the Acta Pauli blog.  I was hitherto unaware that this group blog existed.  It is, of course, dedicated to the study of the apocryphal Acts of Paul, and their better known extract, the Acts of Paul and Thecla.  The blog contains much useful information on this text, not least that discoveries of portions of it are a continuing process.

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Wikipedia Woes - Pending Crisis as Editors Leave in Droves

Wikipedia Woes - Pending Crisis as Editors Leave in Droves | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Observation: It is difficult to ignore the many complaints which we at the Thunderbolts Project receive about Wikipedia. The horror stories circulating recently about the way in which Wikipedia has been taken over, including experiences we can vouch for ourselves, really do suggest that the "people's encyclopedia" is moving rapidly toward a complete breakdown of confidence, particularly on subjects that challenge common theoretical assumptions or the "consensus" that underpins orthodox science. 

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The Fairy-Tale Cult of Wikipedia

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A correspondent who shares my interests in cosmology and in the suppression of novel ideas alerted me to the manner in which Wikipedia has been censoring and denigrating suggestions about the influence of electromagnetic forces on large-scale phenomena in the universe: see "Wikipedia Woes — Pending crisis as editors leave in droves" (by Dave Smith, 2009/12/26). 
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The Decline of Wikipedia: Even As More People Than Ever Rely on It, Fewer People Create It | MIT Technology Review

The Decline of Wikipedia: Even As More People Than Ever Rely on It, Fewer People Create It | MIT Technology Review | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The community that built the largest encyclopedia in history is shrinking, even as more people and Internet services depend on it than ever. Can it be revived, or is this the end of the Web’s idealistic era?
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation