16 August 2005

Paul Graham on Why "People Working for Love Often Surpass Those Working for Money"

According to Paul Graham, what worked for Linux in the enterprise--better products emerge when smart people do work because they love it, not because they get paid to do it--is driving the success of leading blogs (Paul Graham). I love his point, too, about the competition between blogs and the mainstream outlets:

"Those in the print media who dismiss the writing online because of its low average quality are missing an important point: no one reads the average blog. In the old world of channels, it meant something to talk about average quality, because that's what you were getting whether you liked it or not. But now you can read any writer you want. So the average quality of writing online isn't what the print media are competing against. They're competing against the best writing online."


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