Monthly Archives: June 2010

Wikinomics and its discontents

I enjoyed very much the insights offered by Dijck and Nieborg in their paper titled Wikinomics and its discontents: A critical analysis of Web 2.0 business manifesto. See

The authors made a close reading of discourses describing media users and their roles in the new media. They argued that discourses of Wikinomics, We-Think, and participatory culture, are making claims that are being accepted universally and unreflectively. These influential works had attempted to lead us into a “new world” which boundary between media users and the media companies is blurred. Without paying attention to deconstructing the differences between the roles of users and other new media actors, we are straying further away from understanding the very “new world” we thought we have understood.

A highly recommended reading!

“The Second Enclosure Movement” by James Boyle

At times we come across an idea we really wanted to share despite all the mundane distractions. Here is a 2003 paper by James Boyle titled the “The Second Enclosure Movement.” He discusses issues we are facing in balancing the older Intellectual Property regimes against the rising user creativity. I especially like Boyle discussing I.P. as a regime to protect the “noblest of human productions” which should be “free as air.” But there is little clarity to how we can balance the playing field due to the lack of understand of the myriad of “public domains” we are trying to protect.