If a product or service reduces in price then consumption will increase. The internet reduced the cost of sharing available information to nearly zero especially when compared to printed books and magazines of the time.
In a 1984 Hackers’ Conference, Brand told Steve Wozniak, a founder of Apple Inc., “Information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time.” This phrase, “Information wants to free,” came to mean people should be able to access information freely. It has become an ideology of many technology activists who criticize any restriction to open and free access to information. Completely forgotten today is the fact that this phrase is taken out of context; the preceding sentence by Brand was “Information wants to be expensive, because it’s so valuable.” Of course, information does not want anything. It is people who want information to be free, but “Information wants to be free” meshed well with the antiestablishment character of the techno-utopianism. When the Internet and the World-Wide Web grew explosively in the early 1990s, information freedom became a mantra.
Information wants to be freely shared (freedom) not to be free of cost (free). When its free of cost there is limited motivation to produce it. I’m only writing this because Packet Pushers produces free information paid by sponsors. Its only free in certain ways.
everything has a price, sometimes you have to look hard to find it.
How the Hippies Destroyed the Internet | July 2018 | Communications of the ACM : https://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2018/7/229042-how-the-hippies-destroyed-the-internet/fulltext