That, of course is a matter of opinion. However people are willing to pay for information, as evidenced by increasing sales of books, magazines and other information-holding media.
What I picked up from the article was the intention of all information to be behind some kind of micropayment idea. I buy lots of books and periodicals. However 95% of my book purchases are reference material, which is a different thing in my mind. A publication with data layed out in good form, cross-referenced and indexed is not "information" in the sense that I learn something from it, rather that I have learned (parts) of it and the book/website is there to allow me to forget and come back to refresh. In this case I don't mind paying for it (especially books), since I can lay them open and work from them, read them in the can or tub, etc.... Textbooks, howtos and help sites, IMO, are things that should not be under a lock and key. The more people who know how to do something the better.
I know this goes against "conventional" wisdom and the whole idea behind consulting in general but it is how I feel. I love to teach. Yeah I may know something you don't, but after I explain it we both know and then we can both spread that to another person, and then all those people can spread the knowledge, etc, etc.. I think this is a very good idea. Buy the reference books so you don't have to memorize all the shitty little details, but the concepts and mechanisms for how they work should be able to be found for free.
That's the main idea behind my Knowledgebase. Ideas, howtos, how-not-to's, etc. are published and (eventually) the system itself sorts out what's good and what's not and the links between are reinforced by the system and the people using the system. Old knowledge is never gone, but may be supersceeded by new information which will show up "ahead" of the old, but never 100% replace it. Giving just the answer is not often as important as giving the whole picture, or, as my 4 year old puts it, "Why is it done that way?"
Anyway I'm not sure if this is on topic anymore or not. I don't like the idea of information being locked away and sold to the highest bidder. I'm a little bit of an idealist on this whole information thing, though. :-)
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