Two quotes about money and the companies that aren't charging you for their services

As career journalists and managers we have entered a new era where what we know and what we traditionally do has finally found its value in the marketplace, and that value is about zero.

- John Paton

(probably via this:

Well, technically the dead-tree news business was charging you money, for their dead-tree version, and you weren't paying for that one either.


If people won’t give you money to solve their problems, it’s not a real fucking problem.

- Jon Yongfook Cockle

Companies nowadays are solving problems for us that we don't know exist and therefore won't pay for. In fact, they may not even be problems at all! Maybe that's why we wouldn't pay for them. And don't give me the Henry Ford line about people asking for better horseless carriages, because we do end up paying. We end up paying with our time and with our information. Say what you will about Apple, and even Microsoft, but you had to buy most of their shit to use it. Stuff like Goo and Foo just keeps on pulling you in deeper and deeper (Sign up here! Don't worry, it's still free!) without ever telling you to think for a second that someone HAS to be paying them big fucking money for all the free shit they give you. I don't think we'll see the consequences, aside from the spiritual and social effects of blanket marketing non-stop, (which we can already see now and have been around well before the internet), for a very long time. It's hard to even predict what they'd look like this far out.

I hope it's not something like this:

When deep space exploitation ramps up, it will be corporations that name everything. The IBM Stellar Sphere. The Philip Morris Galaxy. Planet Starbucks.

- Fight Club