Yochai Benkler has launched a blog, and in his first post he addresses the Carr-Benkler Wager, the long-standing bet that he made with Nicholas Carr about whether the most influential sites on the Internet will be peer-produced or price-incentivized.
They disagree about the most basic terms of the wager (what are the right categories? Â what are the right things?), so it’s no surprise that there is really no winner.
The debate — the substance, not the parties — reminded me of a scene in Cameron Crowe’s film Almost Famous. Â Philip Seymour Hoffman, playing the music critic Lester Bangs, carries on:
â€œIâ€™m telling you, youâ€™re coming along at a very dangerous time for rock â€™nâ€™ roll. The war is over. They won. They will ruin rock â€™nâ€™ roll and strangle everything we love about it and then it just becomes an industry of cool. 99 percent of what passes for rock n roll, silence is more compelling.â€
That flick was set in 1973. Â Bangs = Carr? Â Benkler = William Miller (the fictionalized Cameron Crowe, the film’s protagonist)? Â Plus Ã§a change ….