Beyond portals and gifts: Towards a bottom-up net-economy

  • Felix Stalder

Abstract

The Internet is haunted by its own promise: the liberation of information. Typically, this promise is a strange hybrid of 60's progressive libertarianism and 90's aggressive venture capitalism. The slogan "information wants to be free" still shapes the dynamics of on-line content consumption and production. The results: America Online and Netscape merge and the high-tech gift economy flourishes.
Published
1999-01-04
How to Cite
Stalder, F. (1999). Beyond portals and gifts: Towards a bottom-up net-economy. First Monday, 4(1). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v4i1.639