Thoughts on Wealth of Networks

I will preface my questions with the fact that this assigned reading from Wealth of Networks was quite challenging for me.  I hope to get some clarity from class discussion tomorrow. These are more thoughts rather than questions.

  1. If Benkler’s main point in the first chapter is that the internet makes knowledge more accessible to everyone why he choose to write this in a way that is not accessible to everyone? It reads very scholarly and with some attitude.
  2. The section about Babel objection made me reflect on the Presentation Professor Lackaff gave on Monday. Babel objection – when everyone can speak, no one can be heard. I was wondering how this relates to the open government websites we talked about.
  3. When Benkler talks about copyright is he saying that everything should be free domain for the greater good? I had a hard time deciphering.

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