Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Two Things To Read Regarding The Internet Being Free, And Work Also Being Free

RAY OF FLASHTwo things to read! Why I Write For Free, which has to do somewhat with this Ben Kunkel n+1 recent piece about the experience of the Internet, which we could barely address except via LOLcat last week, but also about the current FUROR that apparently is raging about the state of unpaid labor in the online writing industry. (Agreed: It is bad when rich people cannot find room in their business plans to pay poor people!) And also here are some people talking about the Bill Wasik book, And Then There's This, which is about, its subtitle says, "How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture." Those people include web kingpin Anil Dash, who notes wisely: "I like music that makes me shake my ass. I like my memes to be fun, created by people who are enjoying what they do."

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fek (#93)

No tag? :( Can I buy one for $5?

Since I can't figure out how to leave a comment on Emily's FANCY NEW SITE, I'll just do it here.

So… writing for free. First of all, I do write for free, on my blog. So it is inaccurate of me to say that I never write for free, because I do. But! I also take umbrage with the idea that I should write for free for a professional journalists' association's (print) magazine. Or really, for anywhere else that is not my blog. I guess I feel that I should not have to do reporting for someone else for free, because I feel that writers should get paid for what they do. Period, end of story. If they want to write for free for publications, that's fine. I just don't really want to, I don't think!

But I reserve the right to retract and modify this statement at will.

KarenUhOh (#19)

Wow. Enjoyed that, Emily. Well thought and stated.

There is a fundamental issue that many, if not most, of the habitues of this place share: we all want to be in the game, perhaps to the exclusion of other endeavors. We all believe, with varying grav- or levity, in the merit of our contributions, and whether these amount to a hill of beandip, we like/love doing it, to an addictive extent. It's real, real hard to stop.

We'd all prefer to get a check for our wit et wisdom, eh? But with a galactic blizzard of free prose available, only the lucky will see coin for it.

The rest of us will peck away, dreading the mail and phone calls from people who want paid for providing the Internet connection, and/or dreading having to confront the drudgery of "real" work for "real" "income."

My quote key is stuck.

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