It May Be Free, But It’s Sure As Hell Underwritten

There's quite a wonderful authorial kerfuffle happening between Chris Anderson, whose recent book "Free" has been the target both of plagiarism charges (from Wikipedia, of all places, oh the wonderful irony, one might think Chris actually planted the whole damn thing…) and Malcolm Gladwell, who never met a clever anecdote…

wired ads free.pngThere’s quite a wonderful authorial kerfuffle happening between Chris Anderson, whose recent book “Free” has been the target both of plagiarism charges (from Wikipedia, of all places, oh the wonderful irony, one might think Chris actually planted the whole damn thing…) and Malcolm Gladwell, who never met a clever anecdote he couldn’t convert into a well turned (and dammingly entertaining) book of his own.  

I won’t go into the whole thing, because, honestly, I just don’t have the, er, free time.

However, I do find it noteworthy that Chris’s much-linked to riposte to Malcolm’s initial evisceration comes on Wired.com, where, shock of all shocks, advertising is prominently featured. Free, of course, doesn’t come without a business model.

Author: John Battelle

A founder of NewCo (current CEO), sovrn (Chair), Federated Media, Web 2 Summit, The Industry Standard, Wired. Author, investor, board member (Acxiom, Sovrn, NewCo), bike rider, yoga practitioner.

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