Skip to comments.The Peer-to-Peer Economy: Death Blow to the State
Posted on 05/09/2014 6:32:56 AM PDT by all the best
This morning I saw a lovely stained glass window, pulled out my smartphone, snapped a photo, and shot it around to friends. Its so automatic now that I dont even think about it. Its like a motor skill.
But wait just a moment. Also this morning, I was at the drugstore and saw a wall of film for sale, the kind you shove into a camera, send off for processing, and get glossies in return. Who does this anymore? Some people apparently.
We are in the transition phase from one type of technology to another, and such stores find it profitable to sell to the full range of users for now. Whats going and whats coming is pretty obvious.
Its the same in music, movies, housing, transportation, lending, publishing, and a host of other areas. We are in a period of massive transition from one set of tools to another. The old world survives but a new one is being born by virtue of our technological preferences.
What is the consistent theme that is driving this? Lets think about this.
In the past, to make a video for public release, I had to have connections, capital, and deals with third parties. There was no choice. I can open my laptop or smartphone and go to work, posting the results in minutes for whole world to see. Im the producer working directly for consumers. Or I can be a consumer of other peoples direct production for me.
Its the same with publishing. I can write a book and make it available directly, peer-to-peer. or download and reads books others have written directly from the author. I can do the same with housing when I travel: I can contact the owner and make a deal without having to rely on an intermediary. .
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This fellow wrote an entire article on the topic without even mentioning 3D printing, which will greatly accelerate and expand what he describes.
Hence the gov’t wanting to “regulate” the i’net. Now more than ever.
....please be sure to pay your taxes according to the honor system... It’s really the only fair way to pay for this great system the govt set up for you.
I think he’s talking about content, not production but your point is well taken.