Project Proposal

For my Term Paper, I’m interested in looking at our “free culture” on the Internet. How we disregard the value of products once placed on the Internet. Piracy is one of the greatest problems with our economy. I want to look into how legislation tries to deal with the problem, and how others are doing the same, such as Creative Commons. I’m interested in comparing Marxist theory to this phenomenon. A recently published book by Chris Anderson titled Free: The Future of a Radical Price talks about the Capitalism side of this topic, but I’m intrigued as to how his thoughts compare to those of Marx.

3 responses to “Project Proposal

  1. Cool paper topic! You may also want to check out Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity by Lawrence Lessig.

  2. Yes, Lessig will obviously be crucial for this — you’ll want to look at his most current book, too, Remix in which he makes a very explicit argument in favor of the creation of hybrid (part for-profit, part gift) economies. You’ll also want to look at the public disagreement between Chris Anderson and Malcolm Gladwell about Free, starting with Gladwell’s review of the book and continuing through a series of blog posts and responses. I’ll look forward to seeing where you go with this.