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Nick Carr: Bebo and Digital Sharecroppers

Mar 24, 2008, 21:45 (0 Talkback[s])
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"This was an interesting article by Nick Carr that popped up in Google Reader today--it's about the Bebo acquisition by AOL and how the founders have been rewarded handsomely, to the tune of $800 million, with diddly squat going to the artists who contributed site content.

"From the article:

"As for the millions of members who have happily served as sharecroppers on the Birches' plantation, they'll get the satisfaction of knowing that all the labor they donated to their 'community' did indeed create something of tangible value. No doubt they're thrilled that the little Bebo plantation, which they've tended so lovingly, is now part of the giant AOL plantation, itself part of the Time-Warner conglomerate..."

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