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Information Wants to Be Shared by Joshua Gans

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What Information Really Wants

If information wants something, it wants to be shared. Sharing is a mechanism by which potential consumers of information are alerted to both its existence and its value. Sharing from the right people prioritizes information and helps individuals manage their attention. Sharing information is an active process that better matches information with the right people. Significantly, one of the most significant impacts of digital technologies is that they have enabled a new era of sharing.

 

Sharing and Public Goods

Sharing, as a notion, is not something that sits comfortably with economists. (Indeed, there is substantial evidence that merely studying economics drives the impulse to share out of you. [1] ) Surely, ...

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