Once More, With Feeling: Embracing 'Free' Doesn't Mean You Make No Money
from the how-hard-is-that-to-understand? dept
It's the same point we've made for years. The point of understanding "free" isn't that everything is free, but that you need to understand what makes sense as free, and what doesn't make sense as free. Someone's time -- which is scarce -- is something that it makes sense to charge for because it cannot be copied and distributed freely. Oh, and should I even mention that Lindvall's column, where she insists that the free business model has been proven dead... is available for free? I usually like The Guardian, but Lindvall's work is not up to its normal standards. Free is a part of a business model. That's all anyone's saying. And when you say that it means you do believe in a larger business model, which means making money. I'm always amazed at how people like Lindvall seem to have their brains stop in their tracks when they get to the big 0, and never reach the other side of the tracks where it's explained how you use that $0 to make money elsewhere.