Searls on open source

· The Power of Many

Jon Lebkowsky points to a Doc Searls presentation on open source and “do-it-yourself IT.” It has some real gems, among them bits on the meaning of “public” and “private”:

The deeper battle is between metaphors. Hollywood sees the Net as a plumbing system for intellectual property and “content.” Techies see the Net as a place — a commons — where people can make culture and do business.

(Lebkowsky’s coauthor, Mitch Ratcliffe, blogs “The book, Extreme Democracy, is almost done and is, we hope, really Something Useful.”)