Reproduction in the Digital Age – Like Dandelions or Mammals?
Cory Doctorow over at BoingBoing has posted a summary of his recent column in Locus Magazine, “Think Like a Dandelion,” in which he discusses the “bio-economics of giving stuff away for free”. Doctorow explains:
Mammals worry about what happens to each and every one of their offspring, but dandelions only care that every crack in every sidewalk has dandelions growing out of it. The former is a good strategy for situations in which reproduction is expensive, but the latter works best when reproduction is practically free — as on the Internet.