From the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Oct. 3, 1995
This article was published shortly after I became the president of Twin Cities Free-Net, after the departure of TCFN’s founding president, Olaf Holt.
While the article says that the turn toward profit on the internet “created a crisis” for me and others, that wording seems a little over the top. I was certainly aware of the trend toward for-profit activity on the net, and I saw it as inevitable. But I believed that commercial activity would be able to live comfortably side-by-side with the internet’s traditional gift economy. Twenty years later, I think the truth of this is self-evident.
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