Saturday, October 30, 2004
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Lohmann and I know him. He's an older guy, generous, quiet and very private. I think he'd be shocked to see his name on the web and maybe a little bit scared.
Have you ever looked into the gift economy or hacker economy? The former is a little different from the latter. The hacker economy depends on reputation for enhancing one's ability to make a living. Developers who make what's called "donation ware" depend on it, as do people who will work for free on something but make their living in a related field. Linux is a good example.
The gift economy is the proverbial "kindness to strangers" economy. It's a holistic and idealistic vision of the way the world should be, with those who have plenty sharing it without asking for anything in return. It grew out of struggles in the lower class to survive exploitation and oppression from the ruling class. Church hierarchies have been vicious in their attempts to supress it, as have governments. The churches calls it heresy :-) to actually practice what Jesus preached. Governments support the "right" of the wealthy to do it with each other, but constantly seek to deter the poor. What if they made brutality and divisions a thing of the past? The horror!
I'll post some links about both in another comment.
Here are those links. Hackers and Gift economy.
my apologies. i have removed the post contents. it was very careless of me. i tend to be a little impulsive at times. and these impulses sometimes get the better of me.
i have heard of the hacker economy, but i have never heard of the gift economy. heresy?!?!? (what hypocrites.) thanks for the links. i am now going to read up on them.
and would you please pass my thanks along to him?
Can do! Be happy to as well.
Isn't the Wikipedia marvelous? There's another encyclopedic site you might enjoy. Check out the Culture Jammers Encyclopedia.
thank you (and thank you again), already bookmarked.