Re: paying the artists: the spike

From: phil osborn (
Date: Sun Jul 30 2000 - 23:34:00 MDT

>From: Spike Jones <>
>Subject: paying the artists: the spike
>Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 20:29:51 -0700
>Please, napster fans, how do we motivate people to do things
>like writing The Spike if their blood, sweat and tears can so
>easily be copied free? How much thought do you put into
>your extropian posts? Very little if you are anything like me.
>Would you want books that were no higher quality than what
>we read on our chat groups? Have any of you chat groups
>that are *not* brainy ones like extropians? I do: a motorcycle
>enthusiasts group. The writing there is so poor and the thoughts
>so shallow it is scarcely worth the effort to hit the delete key on
>most of them. Is our literary future to be like that? Napster fans?
But suppose, as I and Greg Benford have both independently suggested, that
credibility itself could be quantified and became the main currency?

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