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  1. nathanjurgenson says:

    Great post! I think a point that might be made here deals with *what* is actually being “democratized”. The ability to produce content has, indeed, democratized to a large extent. But while the tools of production are democratized, the profit-potential remains fixed in the hands of the few (here, Google). From the point of view of capitalists, turning consumers into prosumers means that unpaid labor pay for their own means of production (in time, effort, ideas, etc), an endlessly efficient profit-model for, in this case, Google. Should the question be if companies can make profit while keeping media free, or, in light of user-generated technologies, should it be instead phrased in terms of keeping media free of profit to begin with? ~nathan

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