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The Real Reason Everything Is Getting So Cruddy April 21, 2008

Posted by David Card in Media.

I don’t really think it’s about a “rebalancing of tradeoffs” or “ubiquity, scalability, extreme convenience, democratization, openness and personalization.” Or especially that “the very definitions of “useful” and “needs” are up for grabs in ways that the creators of the earlier generations of consumer services and technologies could not have anticipated.”

It’s much simpler. Every example fellow Jup David Schatsky cites as a cruddier digital offering is either dramatically cheaper than what it replaced, or absolutely free.

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