Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Are there certain products or services that just CAN NOT be generated with Commons-Based Peer Production methodologies? Why or why not?

I believe that all products or services can be generated with commons-based peer production methodologies. With EBay, Torrent sites, Skype and Wikipedia you can get any item or information for free. For example, EBay, the customers control the products being sold and they’re able to do this for free. Also, with EBay people want to find items/things for cheaper than what they would find at regular price in stores. With Torrent sites people give all kinds of free things like movies, music, information, and software to each other, just because people want things for free or because they want something before it’s even out in stores. Moreover, these sites are run by ordinary people who sign up and upload there information, to be distributed to whoever wants the information at no cost. Furthermore, these services do so well and are very popular because of the low costs; people would rather do something that is free then to have to pay money for it. Such things like this peer production can generate anything, even though the users might not be getting paid, there is always the need/motivation to get something cheaper or for free. Although a lot of it isn’t really controlled and it’s free you should be more cautious with what you’re downloading, reading or buying.