Here are two writings related to the original "Cornucopia of the Commons" essay. The first is the essay by Tom Matrullo I referred to that brings up the concept of "looking into other people's computers."
Tom's essay, written in 2000, shows an emotional, poetic reaction at the time to Napster.
24 Notes on Napster: A Commonplace Book for Today
Mozart once heard a piece of music so piercingly beautiful he was moved to write it down from memory after hearing it performed in a church. He had no choice. The church believed it "owned" the music, and forbade anyone to copy it. So, Mozart pulled a Napster. The piece has been in the public domain ever since, for all to enjoy.
Napsterwww.napster.com—a simple tool, crafted with no unnecessary arabesques of code—is organic software: Dionysus who knows no boundaries. Such a natural tool seems obvious in hindsight, like an evolutionary "Eureka!": the moment when life figured out the heart.
Why wasn't Napster obvious before it stared us in the face?
Open Napster and you're looking out over dizzying vistas of other people's music (OPM) on Other People's Hard Drives (OPHDs). It's like suddenly gaining several thousand generous, musically literate friends. You have highly compressed conversations sharing intimate knowledge of the music you love, without ums, uhs and other inessential articulations.
In a commercial culture, this tool was nearly unable to be thought. But here it is, offering me Sara Brightman ...
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