The Zero Marginal Cost Society

The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism

Keith Parkins
Apr 2, 2014 · 1 min read

We are seeing what was looted from the Global Commons, transferred back to the Global Commons. Slowly, slowly we are moving towards a Gift Economy.

A basic tenet of The Zero Marginal Cost Society is that we are moving towards zero marginal costs.

This is certainly true of digital music and e-books. We see it implemented on sites like bandcamp (music) and leanpub (e-books).

A pity then, the message we are getting from Jeremy Rifkin is heed what I say, not heed what I do.

— hardback — £16.19

— e-book — £13.07

Contrast with Paulo Coelho who made his back catalogue available at a book for the price of a song. Or Steve Lawson who has made his music available at very low price.

Contrast with Sacred Economics, covering more or less the same subject. You can buy the paperback, download an e-book and name your price or download the e-book for free.

Jeremy Rifkin would have more credibility were he to lead by example.

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