New Media's Digital Fuedalism

The funny thing about all these frothy millions and billions piling up around social media sites and The Huffington Post? Most of the value was created by people working free.

For the media, this is a Tom Sawyer moment. "Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?" he says to his friends, and sure enough, they are soon lined up for the privilege of doing his chores. That’s a bit like how social networks get built. (Just imagine if Tom had also schooled them in the networking opportunities of the user-generated endeavor: "You’re not just painting a fence. You’re building an audience around your personal brand.") "The technology of a lot of these sites is very seductive, and it lulls you into contributing," said Anthony De Rosa, a product manager at Reuters. "We are being played for suckers to feed the beast, to create content that ends up creating value for others."

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