August 16, 2008
1. The authors present the concept of “Ideagoras”, i.e., an online global marketplace that finds qualified researchers who can solve companies’ problems. How do companies financially evaluate the price of a solution? How to value an idea?
2. Referring to the new information economy, Tapscott and Williams argue that an individual in a developing country can be “joining the global economy on an equal footing” (pp.13). Are there not other factors, such as social class, level of education, infrastructure, legal system, and quality of life, which should be also considered to affirm such strong statement?
3. In the chapter three, the authors comment that most of people who work on Linux also work for another industry. Why are the authors so confident that people will keep collaborating, if Linux – one of the greatest examples of mass collaboration – doesn’t help individuals to profit?
August 3, 2008
1. Benkler defines culture as “the product of a dynamic process of engagement among those who make up a culture” (pp. 282). He also states that internet makes possible the peer production of information, knowledge, and culture. How can Internet produce another culture by people from different cultures?
2. Considering the Benkler’s concept of culture above. What cultures or sub-cultures have become more transparent and grown as a result of the Internet, and what cultures have been unaffected or shrunk?
3. Why would authoritarian governments support the development of networks when they know that it is extremely hard to control them? Does everyone want to help to build a healthier global society?
July 13, 2008
1. According to Chris Anderson (pp. 73) “When tools of production are available to everyone, everyone becomes a producer”. Who is everyone? Does everyone want to be a producer? On what does Anderson base his argument?
2. Anderson believes that popular taste is the result of poor supply and demand matching. Would Anderson consider the Beatles’ success the result of poor music supply? Why are their songs still famous all over the world in a decade that has many other options available?
3. In the chapter 11, Anderson writes that the blogosphere is already competing with the mainstream online media. Even though there are blogs that produce high quality and accurate content, there are many blogs without credible sources and others that are still online but were abandoned. How can Anderson be sure that people will maintain their blogs for years? And for those that are good, how does he know bloggers will maintain the same quality standard?