29 January 2009

Er å leie bedre enn å eie?

Kevin Kelly skriver om hvordan vi i stadig større grad vil leie istedenfor å eie. Han hevder at denne trenden ikke bare gjelder åndsverk, men alt som lages, som for eksempel biler: Better Than Owning, The Technium, 21. jan. 2009.

Interessant om hvordan ting vi får gratis ikke føles som vår eiendom:
Our sense of ownership is a funny thing. If you purchase an ebook and download the book's PDF file to your computer, you'd say you owned it, and expect the rights of ownership. However if you went to a link where a PDF of a book was opened on your screen for free and automatically, you might not feel you owned this book, even if it was copied to your disk. Possession of a copy turns out to be less important in the feeling of ownership than does the price. Free things don't generate strong feelings of ownership. Gifts do, which we think of as "free," but our sense of ownership is related to their "replacement costs" – how much they would cost us to buy elsewhere, their market value. If an item has a marketplace cost of zero, we tend not to feel we own it. So as more economic activity gravitates toward the free, less will feel owned. As more is shared, less will act like property.

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