[A]s we contemplate the world post-bailout, when economic reality once again bites, only Silicon Valley’s wealthiest technologists can even consider the luxury of donating their labor to the latest fashionable, online, open-source project…
The hungry and cold unemployed masses aren’t going to continue giving away their intellectual labor on the Internet in the speculative hope that they might get some “back end” revenue. “Free” doesn’t fill anyone’s belly; it doesn’t warm anyone up.” —
Of course what he doesn’t realise is that most people blog, contribute to wikipedia, endlessly parse and experiment with code, spend time learning about things not related to their livelihood, for fun and the love of it all.
Somethingchanged, don’t waste your time reading Andrew Keen, it will just make you mad.