Think Like a Dandelion

In Cory Doctorow’s latest Locus column he discusses the reproduction methodology of the dandelions (something I’m currently fighting in my own back year, literally,) and relates it to artists in the Internet world.

Dandelions and artists have a lot in common in the age of the Internet. This is, of course, the age of unlimited, zero-marginal-cost copying. If you blow your works into the net like a dandelion clock on the breeze, the net itself will take care of the copying costs. Your fans will paste-bomb your works into their mailing list, making 60,000 copies so fast and so cheaply that figuring out how much it cost in aggregate to make all those copies would be orders of magnitude more expensive than the copies themselves.

You can read the full article on Locus Online.

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