Collaborating on useful things

In a lengthy and thoughtful post Bruno Giussani reviews Chris Anderson's book, The Long Tail.

While digital distribution has undoubtedly expanded choice, Bruno takes issue with a couple points - one, how much wealth will be created from collaborative and unpaid production - the idea at the core of the Nicholas Carr-Yochai Benkler bet I recently referenced - and two, that the data in the book is derived solely from industry in the United States.

Related, when it comes to the production of useful things Ethan Zuckerman gets beyond generalities with this post from Wikimania2006 on the qualitative differences between open source software development and Wikipedia.