How The New Technology Effect Economy–Download and Copyright
Technology revolution brings us to a new generation; it changes cultures, human behaviors, as well as the way people exchange their information and “gifts.” According to the article that I chose “The Hi-Tech Gift Economy,” I learned that within a short time using the Net has become a normal thing to do for people today, which at the same time change the structure of economy. This article talks about how the Net and new technology is changing economy recently.
“Information is shared and sold. Copyright is protected and broken. Capitalists benefit from one advance and lose out from another. Users get for free what they used to pay and pay for what they used to get for free,” said Richard Barbrook. Lots of people enjoy sharing and gaining data and knowledge from the Internet, and they are getting used to have it in their daily lives. Most of them rely on the Internet and the World Wide Web to obtain information and knowledge, moreover, some people even totally living and working with the new information technology. However, at the same time, people lose some privacy and the right and power to protect their information. Copyright is an example; most of people download music for free from the Net. Therefore the revolution of technology really changes human behaviors and obviously influences our economic environment in many ways.
To briefly sum up, the new technology truly bring us lots of conveniences; but at the meanwhile we should also aware the crisis behind it. It is good to have an easier way to exchange our information; however, we have to respect the copyright of the authors when we are using or applying their ideas.
Online Market Research Analysis [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGUBVqg2P2g
Kent State Digital Copyright Violation [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J-g3vG_LFo
¡Barbrook, Richard. (1998). The hi-tech gift economy. First Monday, 3(12), Retrieved from http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/631/552