social fabric rent
Clay Shirky has an interesting point in his response to the MT debacle:
The dilemma for people who build communal tools is this: if you want something that hooks people emotionally, you cannot have rational users, and vice-versa. And when you build a tool that helps create a social fabric, changes to the tool trigger social anxieties.
As you’ll see from the comments, class gets brought up here. I’m gainfully enough employed now that if I live cheaply I have money over to travel far and even to take the occasional taxi home from the airport, and yes, I could afford $69, but not long ago it would have been a choice of having fresh fruit and vegetables for my child this month or a software licence. Obviously, it doesn’t help that Dave Winer’s calling MT users whiney children, backing this up with an astonishingly myopic statement like this:
Yesterday we saw people complain about spending $60 for a big useful piece of software like Movable Type. I paid $60 for a cab ride in Geneva. A good dinner is $100. A hotel room $150.
$69 means very different things to different people.
Mum says all these posts about Movable Type are excruciatingly boring. I’d try and think of something more interesting, but it’s cold and raining and I miss my boyfriend. Ah well. I’d do better working on those timestamps.