Addicted to novelty since 2001

John Perry Barlow

Former Grateful Dead lyricist and co-founder of the EFF John Perry Barlow has a weblog (and, may I respectfully observe, attractive daughters). I’ve always admired Barlow’s writing, and in particular this fine essay from 2000 in Wired magazine: The Next Economy of Ideas. It is a sequel of sorts to The Economy of Ideas from 1994. The former article made a big impact on my thinking about intellectual property, copyright and making art. I had an epiphany when, two-thirds of the way through the essays, he states “Art is a service, not a product.” Every artist and consumer of art ought to read this piece.