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Posted November 4, 2003
When something is written by Kevin Kelly, one things for sure: it's going to be interesting whether or not you agree with what he's saying. In this case, Kelly is writing about the new, post-industrial network economy. Being a co-founder of WIRED (one of the biggest technology magazines out there) he has witnessed this economy from it's beginnings. The majority of what he says is accurate: feeding the net is more important than feeding the firm (or raising everybody, even your competitors, in your industry is important for making profits. We see this most often in the video game industry). Plentitude increases value, no scarcity (since things are connected, they're more valued when plentiful then scarce. A good example of this is cell phones and FAX machines). Prices follow the free (or the fact that companies are charging less for actual equipment to woo potential customers and making profit on services). My only complaint about the book is that Kelly hit's a few unrealistic extremes. For instance, he argues that monopolies are not only inevitable, but preferable in the New Economy. That may be true for someone providing an operating system (i.e Microsoft) but I can't see it happening just about anywhere else. Other than that realtively minor flaw, this a great book. I'd reccommend it to anyone interested in the societal and economic effects of modern technology.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.