First it was musicians, now it’s software developers, and next it will be movie stars. The gravy train is over, folks!
If you write code for a living, your career is in the crosshairs of the Web’s demand that everything digital be cheap or free. A whole generation is growing up believing that if you cannot touch it, then it has no monetary value and is free for the taking.
The terrific webcomic The Oatmeal demonstrates this brave new world:
Is this necessarily a bad thing? If we remove the economic incentive for the time-and-resource-intensive business of software development, consumers are likely to see fewer ambitious software products like Photoshop and Microsoft Office. However, I’m confident in the future that we’ll all enjoy an endless supply of Fart apps.
Article published on September 2, 2010
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