If he wasn’t so utterly wrong and, it appears that he’s taken seriously, Andrew Keen’s delusion that the economy is about to “Give Open-Source a Good Thumping” would be funny.
Keen, author of the book, Cult of the Amateur: How the Internet is killing our culture, argues that “One of the very few positive consequences of the current financial miasma will be a sharp cultural shift in our attitude toward the economic value of our labor. Mass unemployment and a deep economic recession comprise the most effective antidote to the Utopian ideals of open-source radicals.”
Therefore, “Historians will look back at the open-source mania between 2000 and 2008 with a mixture of incredulity and amusement. How could tens of thousands of people have donated their knowledge to Wikipedia or the blogosphere for free? What was it about the Internet that made so many of us irrational about our economic value?”
The problem with his argument is simple: it’s a straw-man argument. There are almost no open-source radicals, and of those, few, if any, are working for free.