Posts by David Bollier

No Time to Think

One of the more pernicious enclosures of the commons is the enclosure of time and consciousness. It’s pernicious because it is so subtle and rarely discerned. When commercial values such as productivity and efficiency become so pervasive and internalized, they crowd out other ways of being. Our very sense of… More

The Folly of Trying to Own Fashion

Imagine if blues great B.B. King were able to prevent other artists from imitating his signature riffs, or Einstein’s estate could prevent scientists from using E=MC2 without first getting permission or paying a royalty. The blues would languish as an art form. Theoretical physics would remain stuck in the 19th… More