I’ve got the money, now give me the… knowledge?

knowledge

This image might be understood on its own. However, I suggest to look at the place this little girl is walking towards, not only as a classroom but as knowledge, in the broader meaning of the world.

It leads me to think about one of my recent experiences with paid content: my subscription to The Economist. This news magazine is extremely interesting, in my point of view. It stimulates the readers to think critically, to analyse, for example, a current world issue through various angles. Besides that, the content has always seemed to me to be really accurate and the opinions, very clever. However, it is not that easy for us to be well-informed. Why is the access to knowledge, even on the internet, still something so hard and expensive? News, information and opinion sources such as this magazine should be something everyone has access to, not an exclusive elite who choose to and can afford to subscribe.

This is one of the Creative Commons’ intentions. This organisation that “enables the sharing and use of creative and knowledge through free legal tools” believes that community, collaboration and sharing are at the heart of human advancement.

Having highly regarded content such The Economist’s articles, under Creative Commons, would maybe encourage these ones that today are excluded from obtaining accurate news to start looking for better quality ones. Therefore, we’ll all be able to acquire more knowledge and critical thinking regarding the world’s current issues.

I afforded a super promotional subscription of The Economist for £ 12,00 for 12 magazines and for free access to all its online content. Now that this promotional term has ended, I can’t read the magazine anymore, because I simply cannot afford £ 46,00 a month. How fair is the relation between knowledge and money?

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1 Comment

  1. You’ve made some really interesting points here, I don’t think the relation between knowledge and money is fair and by cutting people off from using really good resources just because of money doesn’t seem right. Exactly the opposite in fact, for those who can’t afford subscriptions and wish to get the same amount of varied knowledge as everyone else. Other newspapers do this also, but a part of me that can’t help but feel this is really unfair. Why should a group of people receive more knowledge than another because they have more money to spend?

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