[Discuss] Economics Re: Free Hardware

Timofonic timofonic at gmail.com
Tue Mar 31 08:35:59 UTC 2015


What's so cool with The Church of Entertainment, Technology and Design? It's mostly a popularity contest by a marketing organization, I don't see it follows a true counterculture movement such as Hackers from Berkeley's Homebrew Computer Club and MIT, Open Hardware & Software and Free Knowledge. It's "just" a bunch of charismatic people that try to convince their ideas are worth it. Some people call it a lobby, others a sect.

Sorry for the rant, but it's not a valuable source for me. It's the same as Elon Musk Stephen Hawking (they want to be relevant in public opinion, despite they are pr stunts these days) vs Ufologists (ancient aliens! Flying saucers! Reptilians and other bullshit), both have no idea about the matter.

I think Open Hardware and Software organizations must learn to make their projects alive and prosper without losing essence, not convert their ideas into abstract economics that finally end dominated by oligopolies. If you are just a economist, you fail to see the whole picture, you must be a scientist too.

Let's make things reality, not selling ideas before making them real.

What about worldwide promoting and supporting hackerspaces that promote making projects and teach science to people of all ages? There are lots of passionated people that wants to learn, but they have learning difficulties and very little money to spend on it.

Free Knowledge must be leaded by the people and for the people, not just cool people with white smiles and nice haircuts like in a corporate conference.

Sent from my Android device with K-9 Mail. Please excuse my brevity.
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