Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
Another longish excerpt from Lawrence Lessig's "The Future of Ideas," this one expanding on the fundamental meaning of "free" content: "So deep is the rhetoric of control within our culture that whenever one says a resource is 'free,' most believe that a price is being quoted - free, that is, as in zero cost. But 'free' has a much more fundamental meaning - in French, libre rather than gratis, or for us non-French speakers, and as the philosopher of our age and founder of the Free Software Foundation, Richard Stallman, puts it, 'free, not in the sense of free beer, but free in the sense of free speech.'"

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