The Commodification of Ideas

Ideas began to be commodified with the introduction of technologies that could package them.

These technologies we often celebrate as great advances in the history of ideas - they liberated thought from the institutions that walled them in, and enabled ordinary people for the first time direct access across both time and space to great ideas.

The prime example here is the Printing Press, but also the Jacquard Loom, the Phonegraph, and the Invention of Cinema. All of these technologies commodified Story Telling.

Ward Cunningham

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