Productive Abundance

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Gregory Rader:

"When considering Information Gift Economies, 'productive abundance' is much more relevant than naturally abundant supply. Media content has become abundant not because it is sitting out in the natural world waiting to be collected, but instead because it can now be produced on demand so easily. In the context of gift economies, abundance refers more to potential availability than preexisting supply. While there certainly exists a huge archive of media content instantly available through the internet, the large majority of that content depreciates in value over time. When we speak about content abundance we implicitly mean abundance of new media content. As such, the relevant characteristics to examine when evaluating the prospects of the Gift Economy are the abundance of productive and distributive resources and the potential cost of mobilizing those resources." (

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