By Edward Nawotka
Today’s lead story features an interview with Jaron Lanier, philosopher and author of You Are Not a Gadget, in which he says, “If the future is one in which writers are not paid, then it also is one in which writers lack clout. And if it’s a future in which writers lack clout, then what we have is a lack, basically, of an intellectual middle class. Instead we have a sort of volunteer intellectual class, which in terms of clout starts to resemble peasants.”
He states that popular Internet culture is essentially “a fools bargain,” where “we offer people fake flattery in exchange for them impoverishing themselves.”
Do you agree, disagree, and why?
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