Why work for nothing? (4)

The idea of ownership is important to our sense of ourselves. Most of us have at least a few possessions which we feel are really part of us, which somehow help to define us. I have thousands of books, reflecting the development of English literature from Chaucer onwards, most of which I rarely look at,... Continue Reading →

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Why work for nothing (2)?

In the second part of this series I'll be looking at how the internet has put a new pressure on ideas of ownership and value. The internet has a fundamental affinity with the idea of "free". It was not created for profit, but by the US military and the academic world to enable collaboration, and... Continue Reading →

Why work for nothing?

Christopher Hill's The World Turned Upside Down looked at the radical and free-thinking groups that flourished briefly around the time of the English civil war. Those watching the engaging Channel Four series New Worlds have been asked to think about some of the immediate consequences of that turmoil through the Restoration period, a time more... Continue Reading →

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