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    Digital Economics, Abundance and Symbolic Economies for Academic Open Access

    Eve, Martin Paul (2017) Digital Economics, Abundance and Symbolic Economies for Academic Open Access. Medium ,

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    Abstract

    There are many elements of digital practice that I find fascinating. For one, we have managed to create a virtual space that seems infinitely abundant. The cost of copying within this space is infinitesimal and all the costs inhere in the cost to first copy. For another, it seems that open dissemination of educational material in this space can seem as little more than a logical conclusion. Is not the enlightenment dream of the universal library finally within our grasp? It is often said, though, that it would be better if all of our problems were technical, rather than social, since one can fix technological problems. And this is an aspect of digital practice that too frequently goes unremarked upon. Yes, we can disseminate online material with infinite abundance, but there are a set of underlying social conditions that limit our potential to harness such technology. These are primarily to do with scarcity.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > English and Humanities
    Depositing User: Martin Paul Eve
    Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2017 16:30
    Last Modified: 12 Mar 2017 16:30
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/18327

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