Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Piracy as a Flattening Force
Thomas Friedman's impressive analysis of globalization in the World is Flat ( available in pirated avatar) does not consider piracy as one of the major forces which have `flattened' the world. Flattening has an effect of providing a level playing field. A person who has read the books on computer science in their pirated versions are on a level playing field with those who have read it in their official versions. The price tag on knowledge is ripped off and its consequences are both good and evil. Good for those who cannot afford it and bad for those who produce it.