Our Online Lives, A Study in Digital Socialism?
Whether or not you fully agree with the chosen terminology and accompanying ideology, we felt Kevin Kelly's recent piece in Wired that examines the history and growth of what he calls online “socialism” takes an insightful look at the ways people are interacting in the digital realm. Kelly tracks the movement as it shifts from passive sharing information towards more active collaboration, a trend that is enabling greater innovation through decentralized forms of production. Examples of this include opensource efforts like Wikipedia and Boxee. He views this as a hybrid system that lands somewhere between a non-market and free market economy, simultaneously benefitting the individual and the group: