Hey, this must be my new favorite blog

December 20, 2007 at 6:56 pm (Blogs Of Note)

Another article at TechCrunch caught my eye today, about a popular YouTube video that is being contested as breaching copyright and so forth. The video probably does infringe, but it also illustrates, as TechCrunch points out, that the laws are outdated, and a currency based internet economy is outdated, and the real currency of the internet isn’t money but traffic, etc. etc. etc. I liken it to that old addage, “A rising tide raises all boats,” where one thing moving up (by getting heavy traffic) can bring other things up with it (through links and references). The same thing has been happening in academia, where professors check to see how many other people have referenced their papers, in order to prove their value to the profession. The same thing occurs online, where the more link-love you get, the more valuable you become in search engines, and therefore to advertisers. It’s a messed up thing, but maybe it only looks like that way because it’s still shaking out. Read the article, watch the video, and think about the near future and the distant impacts:



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