The idea that computer networks are inherently democratic and democratising has roots in the counterculture that emerged in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960s. The Californian Ideology combined personal liberty with market deregulation. Industry leaders espoused values that anyone could embrace: The values that these companies touted as intrinsic goods – openness, connectivity, deregulation – were also the operating principles that made their owners rich.
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and then we have :
- a bit sensationalist, but this is a problem that we tend to ignore due to the "common sense" of the California Ideology...

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... which leads me (along with some other reasons) to question , , , -ness in general. It seems we focus almost exclusively on the access angle, and less on the creation side. Sure, in most cases more access is A Good Thing™. But there are also times when it leads to self-censorship and mistrust. And then there are the costs to the creators and the expectations that unprivileged people can just give away their labour. Such expectations are elitist and exploitive.

@thelibrarian Other people writing about this: Fred Turner, Brooke Duffy, and... yours truly

@thelibrarian the anthropologist Marilyn Strathern talks about this in the Tyranny of Transparency


Thanks for the recommendations! I look forward looking at some of their writings.

@thelibrarian Those are really good worries.

I think we can separate the question of open access and getting paid though. You can have a job writing FLOSS software, or producing CC teaching material.

My concern is mostly with social or course obligations in . So the expectation that adjunct faculty, graduate students, or underprivileged students contribute their uncompensated time or give up their moral/legal ownership rights is what I worry about. If you're paid (fairly) or choose to donate your time, than great, thanks for contributing!

@thelibrarian Have you read any Neil Selwyn, particularly Distrusting Educational Technology? He wrote quote a bit about the two-tiered system that can arise for folks with less money and access who want to get educated due to unequal standards applied to open ed vs traditional education. (This is a dreadfully shallow synopsis of his writing, I hope it makes sense.)

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