My Keynote At Mesh: Growing Communities And Adding True Scarcities

from the have-fun-with-it dept

A bunch of folks have been asking for video from my keynote talk at the excellent Mesh Conference, and here it is (and if you really want to download it, there's an iTunes link as well). It's also embedded below if you click through. The whole thing is an hour, but split into four separate videos. The first two are my presentation and the second two are the Q&A that followed:






It was, as always, lots of fun to do. Also, I met tons of great, wonderful, interesting and fascinating people at the event. Interacting with people is always the best part of these things. Thanks to everyone who came out -- and a special thanks to the Mesh Crew: Mathew, Rob, Michael, Stuart and Mark who have created something really special with the Mesh event and who are each amazing individuals as well.

Also, since people were quizzing me about it later: I actually do "memorize" the presentations and what's coming next. I don't see what the next slide is before I bring it up and no (as two separate people asked me...) I did not have a little device in my ear telling me what was coming next....

Filed Under: business models, economics, keynote, mesh, scarcities
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    cram, 13 Apr 2009 @ 9:24pm

    "But you simply cannot "apply" the credit card analogy to content creators. In my example, the infinite good (the CC#) is used as a TOOL to steal the scarce good (the money)."

    Of course, and content creators could use (and I would say are using) the same defense wherein money is not directly stolen, but denied them through a fall in DVD sales.

    "In your example, the content itself is an infinite good, and that is all people are interested in: the infinite good itself."

    Sure they are interested, but are they interested in paying? Well, I guess they would if iTunes is doing the selling.

    "Also, your movie hall attendance claim is laughable because there is no evidence whatsoever that these pirates would have gone to the theater in the first place."

    Laughable? And what evidence do you have that pirates wouldn't have gone to the theater? Look, neither of us has any evidence, so let's not argue on that point.

    "No one is suggesting that "information in any form" should be publicly available to anyone and everyone."

    That's what people here do all the time. That's the reason I brought up the credit card point, even though it is quite different from music and movies.

    "We are referring to publicly marketed goods: books, music, movies, etc."

    Exactly what I want to be stated in black and white. All information is infinite, but not all infinite information should or can be free. Another example of infinite information that cannot be given away free is time-sensitive information - the kind used by traders of stocks, forex, oil, etc.

    "Also, you make it sound like Mike is justifying piracy; he's not."

    Oh no...I had that debate with Mike a long time back. Of course he doesn't condone or justify piracy, nor did I ever think he did. He was pitching for adoption of the freeconomic theory because of the benefits, while I argued creators would be better off with that model as piracy is something they have to reckon with, can't be eradicated, and won't bring back the money.

    Also, if piracy didn't exist, there wouldn't be a need for this whole infinite/scrace debate. Corporates could go on minting money each time we heard a song or watched a movie online.

    "The pirates simply represent the changing ideals in society; no one is condoning the breaking of laws."

    Pirated have always existed - how does their existence reflect "changing ideals"? What exactly are those ideals?

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