|Sunday, April 25, 2004|
Ideas, conversations and thievery.
The more I think about this, the more concerned I become that we are developing a selfish culture with know appreciation of the values of conversation, shared ideas and communities, but that's another essay for another day.
Scoble is posting other's thoughts, ideas - with full attribution. So what's the harm?
If you take Inluminent's position, then the entire model of non-fiction writing, reporting and research will be subject to cadres of lawyers and even worse, copyright clerks, creating a backlog on decent thoughts.
Ideas aren't meant to be owned, they are meant to be shared. By sharing ideas, actions take place. Actions create opportunities for growth (economically, academically, spiritually).
For example, listen to what Scoble says here:
You see, Scoble's decision to include a blog piece brings value to the piece and the blogger. Those that respect Scoble's opinion take action and link to the original blog. If that blogger has more than one interesting thought, notion, or is just plain entertaining, then the blogger gains a reader.
If you don't share your thought, your idea - how can you have a conversation?
In a later post, Scoble concurs with this sentiment:
He also decided to stop the experimental blog. Oh, bother!