"Though the difference between being a European serf and an American slave is one of kind and not at all of degree, certain white conservatives continue to make false equivalences between slavery and serfdom. Such statements are as intellectually bankrupt as claims about "Irish slavery" in America and the complicity of Africans in the growth of the slave trade. These ideas have been deployed by the right to dilute, downplay and dismiss the weight of African American history on America's conscience."
"Some of William Shakespeare’s friends and associates left behind a description of his library. Nor is there a record of it being dispersed at the time of his death. His will refers neither to books nor manuscripts. In fact, it gives no sign of a literary career at all, or even a literate one. Contemporary dramatists such as Francis Beaumont, Thomas Dekker, John Fletcher, Robert Greene, Thomas Heywood, and Ben Jonson all left behind plays in manuscript. No Shakespeare playscript, though, has ever been found. (Part of the manuscript of a play about Sir Thomas More has been attributed to Shakespeare, but the part is small and the attribution contentious.)"
Paywalls erode (or, their ability to gauge and adjust to price signals properly weakens) as the marginal value of the digital goods behind them decreases. The marginal value of digital good decreases when 1) too little money chases a surplus of content; or 2) other options (Netflix, Sling TV, piracy, or weak demand) become opportunities for greater value to consumers.
"Producing goods and services is only possible because of the nexus of transactions, networks and ideologies that we think of as global capitalism. Ideology conditions us to believe that the real economy makes the virtual economy possible. However, the reverse—that our sense of a “real” economy is only possible because there’s a “virtual” economy that circulates capital through it—has been true at least since the advent of digital transactions and probably since the transition from the Bretton Woods version of the gold standard."
People who can't get that periods can be used in different ways and contexts are as annoying as young people who say “I don't know what that is” when a person or event outside their immediate experience is mentioned, as if that kind of ignorance could (and should) actually be a virtue.