If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then we are flattered that the FT have adopted our ‘Econoclast’ identity for their site….It is edited by Gavyn Davies, and is a good read. Furthermore, we have at times partaken of FT generosity, by using their logos, without permission, for stories…and so declare that we are quits.
This again is an example of what Clay Shirky calls the “creativity and generosity of our interconnected age” in his new book: “Cognitive Surplus“.
He makes an interesting point in an interview with the Guardian, when discussing paywalls. I quote: “When we talk about newspapers, we talk about them being critical for informing the public; we never say they’re critical for informing their customers. We assume that the value of the news ramifies outwards from the readership to society as a whole. OK, I buy that. But what Murdoch is signing up to do is to prevent that value from escaping. He wants to only inform his customers, he doesn’t want his stories to be shared and circulated widely. In fact, his ability to charge for the paywall is going to come down to his ability to lock the public out of the conversation convened by the Times.”
No one can say that we at debtonation lock anyone out of our conversations! Yet.