It is obvious that the digital world is transitioning into a new paradigm where communication is free as more and more barriers are being destroyed. Therefore, it is essential not to let monopoly exists in this new world as it will hold back all the development, as stated by Boldrin and Levine in this week reading.
However, this seems to be not easy at all since giant digital empires, aka ‘the stacks’, are emerging to form a new notion called ‘iFeudalism’. These ‘stacks’ function in the same way as the ‘manor’ in the feudalism where people are gathered into a close space with its own rules, according to our lecturer Ted. Besides all the similarities between these walled gardens and the manors, I noticed one point that have not been mentioned that is in the manors, people worked on the farms to make a living so is there the same case in the iManors ?
Therefore, I personally think of an assumption is that the virtual life is becoming an essential part of people’s lives that it gives them motivation to live, to work and control their emotions as well. For example, a Facebook user may start a day enthusiastically if he receives positive comments on his profile picture and vice versa. In this way, I assume that all the activities people do online are to make their ‘virtual’ living. They tweet, retweet, share, comment, and like, for a living.