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I’m not the sort of person to let up a chance to mention Chris Anderson, Malcolm Gladwell and Seth Godin in a single post. If you don’t know who they are, um.., please get out of the rock you’ve been under already. The sunshine must hurt.

Anyhow.

It all started when Chris Anderson’s new book Free, was released. First, controversy erupted over ‘plagiarism’ from Wikipedia. Anderson responded on his blog with this. It’s big of him to admit the screw-up. Let’s give him the benefit of doubt and accept that.

Then, to add to the confusion, Malcolm Gladwell, on the New Yorker, gives him a less-than-glowing review here.

Seth Godin jumps in the melee with a post defending Anderson. It’s called Malcolm is Wrong.

I’ve never written those three words before, but he’s never disagreed with Chris Anderson before, so there you go.

The first argument that makes no sense is, “should we want free to be the future?”

Who cares if we want it? It is.

The second argument that makes no sense is, “how will this new business model support the world as we know it today?”

Who cares if it does? It is. It’s happening. The world will change around it, because the world has no choice. I’m sorry if that’s inconvenient, but it’s true.

Anderson gets back here, on his blog: Dear Malcolm, why so threatened?.

Everyone is polite so far. I’m wondering if the gloves’ll come off.

…Gladwell (who, by the way, I both like and admire, so let’s call this an intellectual debate between corporate cousins) writes…

This is a lot of fun. I don’t have a strong opinion yet, because I haven’t read the book. But I’m inclined to agree with Godin’s blogpost the most, so far. All of this ensures that Anderson’s book will surely sell well.

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Written by newhighscore

July 1, 2009 at 12:42 pm

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