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“Myra Blackmon, who writes for the Athens (Georgia) Banner, poses a question. What if Warren Buffett, one of the richest men in the world, came up with an idea for a drug? Would we skip clinical trials and the FDA? Would we just dispense because he said so? That’s what Bill Gates is doing to our children, she writes, and we shouldn’t stand for it.”

In this next article, Jaron Lanier is saying (I think) that if there were micropayments and microattributions (ala Ted Nelson) then middle-class white-collar “factory” workers would get paid better and we wouldn’t have a 99%/1% situation. Not sure I am buying that because I don’t think a huge percentage of people would be *content creators* in a bell-curve sort of way. It probably does make sense at some level that it is closer to a zipf distribution, not bell-curve, like his idea of what it might be on social networks. And his language-translation example seems cherry picked. Maybe I’m wrong. I’d need to see some stats, not anecdotes.

Even if it worked $-wise, millions/billions of people getting paid by faceless millions of micropayments is not going to be satisfying in a purpose-of-life/happiness standpoint. Local sounds much much better.

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