Digital Goods Are Non-Rival; Why Is This Concept So Foreign To People?

I am beyond weary of arguments that compare digital goods with physical goods, those made of atoms instead of zeros-and-ones. Physical goods are what economists call “rival goods” and they are “rival” because they can’t be consumed by two people simultaneously. Thus, if I have an apple, you can’t eat it unless you persuade me […]

Follow-Up: “No More Free Content”

After reading my “No More Free Content” post, a colleague observed (in an email) that information consumers “pay” for content with both attention (”monetized and sold to advertisers”) and “direct payment to content producers.” [Note: there is no direct payment for broadcast TV, radio and alternative papers like The Seattle Weekly or The Stranger.] This […]