i dont like "if it's free you're the product" but it's usually way too accurate to ignore. maybe i'd prefer "if it's free you're the worker" because a lot of modern capitalism is about obfuscating classes of workers

free software, also, is a lot about obfuscating the worker, you. 'pr welcome' means 'you're welcome to join this work group', to become a worker. paid in satisfaction, which is a beautiful idea unless you don't have the privilege to live on satisfaction alone

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similarly you're not the product of facebook twitter and amazon, you're the many workers. the product is information, that you exchange for quality of life. another group of workers will be expected to turn that information into corporate profits

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